KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan’s first Whole Foods Market opened its doors to shoppers Wednesday morning.
The new 45,400-square-foot store is at 2897 Radcliff Ave. SE along 28th Street, across from Woodland Mall.
When the store opened its doors at 9 a.m., the first 500 shoppers got a Secret Saver card worth between $5 to $50 and one shopper got a $100 card. In addition, the first 2,000 people who checked out received a Whole Foods Mark Grand Rapids tote bag.
For those waiting in line, staff served up samples from Madcap Coffee, Drought Juice, The Gluten Free Bar and Field and Fire Bakery + Café from 7 a.m. until the store officially opens. In addition, the store offered other samples from Michigan-made products throughout the day until it closes at 10 p.m.
The store features more than 200 Midwest-made items from Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.
“I just love Whole Foods and how they support local and they just give back and they’re sustainable, and I just love their company and beliefs,” Mackenzie McKinney of Lowell, who was among those shopping at Whole Foods on its first day, said. “We got here about 7:15 (a.m.), so early risers to be here in line. Just excited.”
As part of the grand opening celebrations of the first store in West Michigan, Whole Foods also plans to give back to local nonprofit organizations. From Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, the company says it will match up to $5,000 in proceeds from any local product purchased in its new store, with the money going to Green Apple Pantry. From Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, Whole Foods plans to donate 1% of daily sales to support four schools in Grand Rapids and Kentwood. The company also said it’s planning additional support for Fulton Street Farmers Market, Kids’ Food Basket and Heartside Gleaning.
—News 8’s Christa Ferguson contributed to this report.