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AUSTIN, Texas, -- Whole Foods Market celebrated the grand opening of its new 40,000 square foot store in Midtown Atlanta today with a Bread-Breaking ceremony featuring celebrity chef Alton Brown, star of The Food Network's popular "Good Eats." The new store is located at 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Midtown Place shopping center, which also includes The Home Depot, Borders Books & Music, Staples, and PETsMART. The Company operates two Whole Foods Market stores in the Atlanta area as well as three Harry's Farmers Market stores.
"We are very excited to expand our presence in the Atlanta market," said John Mackey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market. "This new 40,000 square foot location blends the best of both Whole Foods Market and Harry's Farmers Market featuring such highlights as a 48-foot seafood counter, all-natural meat counter including a dry-aged beef room, wine shop with wine steward, antipasti bar, and an expanded prepared foods area and cafe with seating for 80 people."
The store is the third new store the Company has opened in its second fiscal quarter, and the eighth new store the Company has opened fiscal year to date. The Company currently operates 143 stores in North America and has 22 stores in development averaging 42,000 square feet in size.