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New Whole Foods store in Cheltenham to create 150 jobs

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 27, 2012

Former Homebase store on the Gallagher Retail Park

Former Homebase store on the Gallagher Retail Park

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THE opening of a new grocery store in Cheltenham is set to create 150 full and part-time jobs.

Whole Foods Market is due to set up shop in Gallagher Retail Park later this year.

The company, which prides itself on only stocking products which are natural and organic - where possible, has taken on the unit formerly used by Homebase.

And the Cheltenham store will be its first in England outside London.

Regional president Jeff Turnas said: "Whole Foods Market Cheltenham is an exciting move for us.

"It's the right size and location; meaning it will be easy for customers to shop for everything under one roof. "Cheltenham has a vibrant food community and, with England's larder on our doorstep, we are committed to connecting shoppers with the high- quality local producers safe in the knowledge it meets our exacting quality standards."

The company says the move will create 150 new local full and part-time jobs, with all employees being trained up.

The site will house a bakery, butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, greengrocers and all-natural health and beauty section. Work has already begun on the site and the shop is expected to welcome its first customers in September, although there is not yet an exact opening date.

The company has five stores in London and recently opened its first Scottish store in Glasgow. It will stock local produce from suppliers across the Gloucestershire and Cotswold region and says its products are free of all artificial flavourings, colours, fats and additives.

Cheltenham Borough Councillor Bernard Fisher (LD, Swindon Village) welcomed the news, saying: "It's great news for the area – especially in terms of jobs.

"We need all the jobs we can get. Employment figures aren't good – even for Cheltenham and Gloucestershire generally.

"It's the right kind of store. "There are a few empty places at Gallagher Retail Park but it has withstood the economic climate fairly well.

"It's a welcome addition and it's nice that we are the first store to be set up in England, outside London.

"It really does show that companies continue to think Cheltenham is a good place to do business, which it is."

The company says it supports good causes, with activities such as its 'community five per cent back' day where five per cent of a given day's profit is donated to a local charity. The Whole Foods Market's food donation programme also sees surplus food distributed to local charities.

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  • PWDLE  |  October 08 2012, 5:09PM

    I am between the U.S. and Canada and having a bit of a time obtaining the telephone number for the new Whole Food store to open shortly in Cheltenham. Does anyone have it please? Thanks very much in advance. P.W.

  • raidermanuk  |  March 28 2012, 8:06AM

    SamYuan "Unfortunate that they couldn't get a suitable premises nearer the centre of town" True but then they couldn't give customers what they want - easy free parking.

  • dsarthur  |  March 27 2012, 4:06PM

    oops...one feels healthier.. it is a great store.

  • dsarthur  |  March 27 2012, 4:06PM

    This is exciting news. I used to shop at Whole Foods in America, and one feels healtier just walking into the store. Good luck. I hope you're around a long time.

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  • SamYuan  |  March 27 2012, 11:10AM

    Great news. Unfortunate that they couldn't get a suitable premises nearer the centre of town, which is starting to look scarily run-down. Lets hope that this shop manages to stay open for more than 5 minutes. I'll definately be shopping there.

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