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The Whole Foods on First Hill opens October 30

The branch of the grocery chain has been in the works for years

Courtesy of Whole Foods

A long-awaited Whole Foods Market location in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood is set to open October 30, the company announced this week. The grocery chain is the anchor retail tenant in the recently completed Danforth building at Madison and Broadway.

The 40,000-square-foot store will include a bakery, a “full-service butcher department,” a beauty department, self-squeeze orange juicing, self-serve food options, and an espresso bar, plus a fast-casual restaurant with beer, cider, and wine (with an option to bring in the deli food).

The location officially opens at 9 a.m. with samples, prizes, and a DJ.

This is Whole Foods’s fourth Seattle location, adding to other stores in Westlake, Interbay, and Roosevelt. It’s had an on-again, off-again relationship with a potential West Seattle location; as of September of last year it was back on, but a Whole Foods representative had nothing new to share about it.

Whole Foods was purchased by Seattle-based retail giant Amazon last year in a $13.7 billion deal—which inspired a union drive of the grocery chain announced last month. Whole Foods founder John Mackey has said that the company is “beyond unions.”

Above the Whole Foods, the luxury apartments in the Danforth have opened to renters; rent starts at $2,160 a month for a 517-square-foot studio with a sleeping area and tops out at $10,340 a month for a 2,503-square-foot, two-story, three-bedroom penthouse.

This article has been updated to reflect a change in opening time.