Whole Foods to Open Store in Lancaster County

A new Whole Foods Market is coming to Lancaster County. Although no opening date has been released, Whole Foods has said the 40,000-square-foot store will be located at the Shoppes at Belmont in Manheim Township, at the intersection of Route 30 and Fruitville Pike.

“The people in and around Lancaster have been asking for a Whole Foods Market for some time now – and we’re excited to make it a reality,” Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic regional president, said in the release. “While we have deep roots in Pennsylvania, this new store will allow that commitment to grow even stronger, with both customers and local suppliers alike. We look forward to celebrating the community’s unique culture and flavors – while showing what it means to be ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Store’.”

More variety, but there will be a wait

Although many people looking forward to the addition of the Whole Foods Market, they shouldn't get too excited just yet. The Shoppes at Belmont, where Whole Foods will be located is still in the planning stages. Once the project is approved, construction will begin some time in 2016 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

There is no indication of how many jobs this new store will create, but Whole Foods has a reputation for treating their employees fairly and paying them well. In fact, any employee is able to look up any other employee's salary, up to and including the CEO. The store has consistently been in Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For", and it's no surprise why. On average, employees make $18.89 per hour and yearly salary is almost $40,000. The co-founder and CEO, John Mackey has not taken any bonuses or stock options and has only accepted a salary of $1 per year since 2007.

What about local businesses?

Local businesses such as Darrenkamp's see Whole Foods as competition, but they are welcoming the challenge. Other local businesses, like the small farms stands may see Whole Foods as more of a threat. One thing that Whole Foods does well is taking care of the farmers and artisans in the community where their stores are located.

Each store is able to decide for themselves what "local" means, so each store has a different variety of products to entice their customers. Not only does Whole Foods buy from independent local farmers and producers, but they also provide low-interest loans to them. Knowing that sometimes local farmers struggle, Whole Foods is there to provide what help they can.

Whole Foods has an ever-growing list of ingredients they consider "unacceptable" in the products they sell, which is a great thing for so many people who suffer from health issues due to chemicals and additives in our food. A partial list of items includes any artificial colors, artificial flavors, and aspartame.

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