Whole Foods Market representative, Kim Hall, described her visions for the new supermarket in Charlestown during the April 2 Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) meeting at the Knights of Columbus. It includes fresh produce and seafood sections, serviced meats, a prepared foods department, an area of assorted cheeses from around the world, and a small café.
“Charlestown is an absolutely amazing community – prideful and connected. It gives us the opportunity to create a utopic Whole Foods experience,” says Hall.
The market hopes to boost the town’s economy by offering a multitude of positions, and hiring about 150 team Members to collaborate and contribute to the community. They donate their time to local gardens, pond clean-ups, and work with neighborhood councils and organizations.
Whole Foods has also thought considerably about accommodating various ethnic groups and low income households. The market emphasizes checking Facebook for sale updates.
“We have madness sales, our weekly buys, and there are over 1500 items that are on sale every day at Whole Foods,” describes Hall. “That’s something that we’re going to be highlighting.”
Whole Foods aspires to have exceptional customer service at the new Charlestown location. If customers have questions, employees will be available to guide them through the store.
The market is also initiating healthy eating programs to teach the community about eating nutritiously on a small budget.
“We have positions that are dedicated to community involvement,” Hall says.
A Healthy Eating Specialist will be accessible in the store, as well as outside Whole Foods teaching customers how to eat healthy. A Marketing Team Leader will be a community liaison who will facilitate local partnerships.
“We’re coming up with a ton of ideas and we’re really excited about it,” Hall concludes.
Construction at the Bunker Hill Mall Shopping Center began about a month ago, and involves a long process of installing many mechanical systems, cases and bars. Whole Foods anticipates opening in September, and CNC is expecting to hold a community meeting to open discussions to more residents soon.