Whole Foods in Northdale Launches Social Media Applications

The health food chain will be opening in Northdale at 3802 Northdale Boulevard, officials say.

The Internet buzz has already begun.

The Whole Foods Market at 3802 Northdale Boulevard hasn't opened its doors yet, but officials from the company launched a Facebook page and Twitter handle (@WFMCarrollwood) this week to start promoting the newest location of the organic and natural food store.

An opening date has not yet been decided for the chain, said Russ Benblatt, executive marketing coordinator for the Whole Foods Market's Florida region, but fall 2012 is the ballpark for the grand opening.

Meanwhile, a few soon-to-be customers are anticipating the grand opening on the company's Facebook wall, which has begun to house content that includes photos of the store's exterior and healthy recipes.

"Can't wait until you guys open!!!" wrote Walter Walls.

"On my way! Watch out Carrollwood!" wrote Erin Lester.

Check out previous stories on Northdale's Whole Foods by clicking and .

What do you think about Whole Foods coming to this area? Tell us in the comments.


Camille C. Spencer August 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Do you plan to shop at Whole Foods when it opens?
Jason Loughren August 09, 2012 at 02:19 PM
As a resident of Northdale I am concerned with what further traffic improvements will be made. I know that the turn lane off of Dale Mabry has been extended but in my opinion that is not enough. Are there any further plans for traffic control at the intersection of Dale Mabry and Northdale?
Camille C. Spencer August 09, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Jason: That's a valid concern. There is a median project that the county will complete before the business opens. Details are here: http://carrollwood.patch.com/articles/public-meeting-to-discuss-vehicle-access-to-whole-foods
Jackie Clark August 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
My experience with Whole Foods (in other cities) is that their prices are very high. I am very happy with Fresh Market and wonder why we need another upscale food market.
Brian Maday August 09, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I expect that I will shop there o a 'regular' basis, although most bulk purchases will continue to be purchased at "price leader stores". For me, It will REPLACE SWEETBAY (NOT a big fan). They will get a portion of my food dollars, but I'm not really a "natural and organic" person. I will look forward to their specialty and hard-to-find items.
Camille C. Spencer August 09, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Jackie: Good point. There is no shortage of places to get fresh food around here. Brian: I think a lot of people agree. Their specialty items are a draw.
Magnus Thunderson August 09, 2012 at 07:26 PM
This store will impact Fresh market as while whole food prices are a bit high they often less then Fresh market plus a benefit in this slowly recovering economy is that whole foods accepts food stamps and fresh market does not and with 50% of Hillsborough on assistance that a huge market for health conscious people who are not in the best economic shape. I know I have to go to whole foods for certain items as I totally avoid HFCS which is just as bad as trans fats and the only place I can find maraschino cherries for a pineapple upside cake that does not have HFCS but it has become easier especially for catsup as when hunts went back to sugar Heinz lost 30% of the market share only to recover most of it when they came out with simply Heinz which is my favorite now and I can get Mt dew throwback and sierra mist so no need to go to whole food for soda which was very pricy PS. if you are also trying to avoid HFCS it also under the names of corn sugar and invert sugar and fructose
Jackie Clark August 09, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Good info. Didn't know that Fresh Market doesn't accept tood stamps...
Magnus Thunderson August 10, 2012 at 03:36 AM
It suprised me also as most places that do not except EBT Now had issues with fraud were they offered to give cash at a 50%to 70% rate or even sell non ebt items and why Food stamp went to EBT card to decrease the fraud which is did. As it idotic for a food place not to acept them now as even when it was good times it could equal up to 25% of your business.
Sara August 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I will probably shop at Whole Foods for the freshly made food but will continue to buy most of my healthy ingredients at Abbies or NutritionSmart. I wonder if WF's purchases their organic fruits & vegetables from local farms? That would be a nice boost to those local growers.


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