SANTA CLARA, Calif. (July 21, 2016) — The community is invited to experience Santa Clara’s newest shopping and dining destination Santa Clara Square Marketplace as Whole Foods Market, one of the center’s anchors, kicks off grand opening festivities Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting and bread-breaking ceremony.
The opening day celebration on July 26 will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include:
- 9:30 a.m.– Performance by the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and photo opportunity with Whole Foods Market and Irvine Company leadership
- 9:45 a.m.– Opening address by Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor and remarks by Whole Foods Market and Irvine Company leadership
- 10 a.m.– Whole Food Market doors open
- 10:15 a.m.– Media interview opportunities with Rob Twyman, regional president, Whole Foods Market; Eddie Ceballos, Store Team Leader, Melissa King, Top Chef Season 12 finalist and designer of Whole Foods Market Santa Clara Tap Room menu
- 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.– Live remote broadcast by Mix 106.5 (KEZR-FM)
- Noon-2:00 p.m.– Photo opportunity with a San Francisco 49ers Alumni Player, Gold Rush Cheerleaders and Mascot Sourdough Sam
“We’re excited to bring the community together to celebrate the grand opening of Santa Clara Square Marketplace,” said Dave Moore, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “From Whole Foods Market to Il Fornaio and CorePower Yoga, Santa Clara Square Marketplace offers a collection of specialty shopping, dining and services to meet the community’s needs, in the center of the Silicon Valley’s most vibrant workplace community, Santa Clara Square.”
“It’s an honor to be the grocery anchor at Santa Clara Square Marketplace, and we’re excited to welcome the area’s residents and businesses,” said Rob Twyman, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region. “This store was built with convenience and community in mind. To serve customers faster, we have digital ordering kiosks, grab-and-go meals and sweet treats and online delivery via Instacart. We’re particularly proud of the products customers will find from our local partners who we’ve been proud to support over the years.”
Guests will be able to experience the new 50,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market store and enjoy its Tap Room, as well as a bounty of food stations serving sushi, ramen, bao, self-serve pizza, cakes and sweet petites. There will also be a coffee and smoothie bar, along with a vast selection of beer and wine and a specialty department of whole body natural makeup and body care products – and more.
“The long awaited opening of Whole Foods as a flagship anchor at Santa Clara Square Marketplace is particularly exciting,” said Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor, “Not only because of the high quality foods and products that people have come to love but because of their impeccable work ethic, innovation and philosophy on community engagement. We look forward to a long partnership with Whole Foods to nourish our residents and visitors and to cultivate a healthy lifestyle.”
Other retailers scheduled to open at Santa Clara Square Marketplace include: Il Fornaio restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Sur La Table, Specialty’s Café & Bakery, Opa!, CorePower Yoga, Books Inc., Lula’s Chocolates, COMEBUY Drinks, Chase Bank and Eyexam.
Designed with walkability in mind, Santa Clara Square Marketplace will serve the planned residential and workplace communities at Santa Clara Square, a 100-acre master-planned community that brings together residential, office and retail in a sustainable live, work, play community just off the 101 Freeway at Bowers Avenue. When completed, this community will offer up to 1,800 apartment homes, 1.8 million square feet of Class A office space and up to 165,000 square feet of specialty retail.
About Irvine Company Retail Properties
Irvine Company Retail Properties’ portfolio features a distinguished collection of 42 shopping centers in coastal California including two neighborhood and community centers in Northern California: Cherry Orchard Shopping Center in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara Square Marketplace in Santa Clara. In addition we also provide shopping, dining, fitness and services in four of our apartment communities including Monticello in Santa Clara, Crescent Village in San Jose, River View Apartment Homes in San Jose, and Franklin Street in Redwood City. Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several popular retailers to its unique collection of stores and restaurants, including Whole Foods Market, Il Fornaio, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, CorePower Yoga, Sur La Table, Pokéworks, Stanford Health Care Express Care Clinic and more. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineCompany.com.
About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 86,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2015, the company had sales of more than $15.4 billion and currently has more than 445 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.