Whole Foods to open July 30 on Hilton Head

dburley@islandpacket.comJuly 9, 2014 

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Whole Foods Market will open July 30 on Hilton Head Island, the grocer announced Wednesday.

The 30,000-square-foot store will be at the Plaza at Shelter Cove off William Hilton Parkway, in the former Piggly Wiggly. It is the Austin, Texas-based company's first store in Beaufort County.

An opening day celebration will begin at 8 a.m. The store will give away 100 gift cards worth between $5 and $500, according to a news release. Daily store hours will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Known for selling natural and organic products, the store will feature a coffee bar, a craft-beer pouring station, eat-in and takeout meals, and nearly 1,000 types of beer and wine, the release said.

The store is hiring, and is expected to employ at least 130 people, according to its website.

Whole Foods has more than 80,000 employees at 380 stores worldwide, including in Savannah, Columbia, Mount Pleasant and Greenville.

The Hilton Head store will be near an 87,000-square-foot Kroger that opened late last year at nearby Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

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