Whole Foods' company executives are calling the store a "groceraunt," because it not only offers a wide variety of prepared foods' options--along with tons of fresh foods and natural and organic grocery products--but also has numerous and varied in-store dining or restaurant venues in it. This eclectic mix of foods, beverages and much more, which shoppers can take home to eat or cook, or enjoy by dining in the store, equals a Whole Foods' "groceraunt", rather than a mere grocery store or supermarket.
>The Smokehouse Grill, which offers chicken, beef, pork and other meats and vegetables grilled to order. The Smokehouse Grill, which is an in-store sit-down restaurant, also offers wines by the glass, seasonal draft beers and other beverages.
>An Asian foods dining bar, which features made-to-order sushi and other Japanese foods, Chinese, Korean, Thai and other Asian dishes. Customers can eat at the attractive dining bar, which has plenty of seating, or get their items to go.
>A hot specialty sandwich shop, where customers can get a wide-variety of prepared-to-order, handmade, hot sandwiches to either eat in-store or take home.
>An Indian foods bar, which offers a selection of hot and cold prepared foods from India.
>The Pasta Bar, which offers customers dozens of varieties of hot, fresh-prepared or cold pasta dishes.
>An in-store homemade soup and fresh-made stew station, which features a number of fresh soup and stew offerings daily.
>The Organic Salad Bar, which offers nearly everything (and all organically-grown), and then some, a person could think about putting into a salad.
>There's the Brick-Oven Pizza Center, where chefs make specialty pizzas in a wood-burning brick oven for shoppers. The center has a dining area where customers can eat their pizza's or they can order the gourmet pies to go.
>A rotisserie chicken station and meat carving station. Shoppers can get rotisserie-roasted chickens and all kinds of roasted meats at the station, where carvers will slice the chosen items to a customers specifications.
>Additionally, the new "groceraunt" has 30 feet of self-serve prepared hot and cold foods offerings, along with salad, olive & pepper, and nut bars.
Whole Foods will have 271 stores in the U.S. when the new Scottsdale "groceraunt" opens tomorrow. It will be the retailer's sixth store in Arizona. Other Whole Foods' markets are located in Tucson (2 stores), Tempe, Paradise Valley and Chandler.