LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — Lake Oswego’s new 365 by Whole Foods Market store will open July 14 on State Street, the company announced today, and it will include branches of two Portland restaurants as part of the “Friends of 365” program: Next Level Burger and Canteen.
The downtown store will also feature online ordering and delivery by Instacart, which has partnered with Whole Foods since 2014.
“Oregon is known throughout the country for an extremely creative and diverse food scene, and we wanted to find partners that would be reflective of those qualities,” said Jeff Turnas, the president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We anticipate this 365 by Whole Foods Market location will become a Portland-area destination for healthy, fast, casual eating as well as convenient grocery shopping.”
Next Level Burger is an Oregon-based restaurant chain that serves burgers, hotdogs and fries, but with a twist — they’re all 100 percent plant-based. Canteen is a Southeast Portland café and juice bar that focuses on local and organic ingredients.
Whole Foods says the “Friends of 365” program gives other businesses the chance to open branches inside the new 365 stores and bring more of a local flavor to each location. Turnas says the two Friends chosen for the Lake Oswego store were suggested by the company’s team in the Pacific Northwest.
The Lake Oswego store will be the second to open under the new 365 by Whole Foods brand. The first store, located in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, will open on May 25. A third store is scheduled to open in Bellevue, Wash., in August, and Whole Foods has plans to open another 10 stores in various locations throughout the U.S. in 2017.
The overall concept for the new 365 by Whole Foods stores is to provide more moderately priced products through Whole Foods Market’s cheaper, in-house brand. In fact, the stores’ name is a nod to the “365 Everyday Value” house brand already sold by the grocery chain. Those products will anchor the stores, although company officials say shelves will be stocked with other items, including national brands.
The Lake Oswego Store will take over the building formerly occupied by Albertsons in the Oswego Village shopping center. The building has been undergoing extensive renovations since February as workers add more glass to the front and a new dormer over the entrance.
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