Whole Foods Market has opened its latest store at Gibraltar Limited Partnership’s Gallagher Retail Park in Cheltenham. The store is the first Whole Foods Market on a retail park and only the second to open outside of London.
The 27,000 sq ft store was opened with Whole Foods Market’s customary ‘bread breaking’ ceremony in place of a traditional ribbon-cutting and was attended by local dignitaries, as well as members of the local community and those involved in the development of the store.
The new store includes a café, an outdoor seating area, a bakery, a full service butchery counter as well as a ‘Health & Beauty department which offers natural health remedies and beauty products. The store will also be the first to include a cookery school, where regular cookery demonstrations and tastings will be held.
Dan Clark, Senior Asset Manager for British Land, said: “We are very pleased that Whole Foods Market selected Gallagher Retail Park for its first retail park store, and it is great to see it open and trading. We believe that the Whole Foods Market concept will strike a chord with the local catchment and the supermarket will become one of the main draws at the park.”
The opening follows Next’s recent extension and refurbishment of its store on the park.
Gibraltar Limited Partnership is a joint venture between Hercules Unit Trust (HUT) and The Crown Estate. HUT is advised by British Land and managed by Schroders.