The new Whole Foods store in Portsmouth, N.H., offers more than 700 local products and is helping feed its community with Gather, an area nonprofit.
Whole Foods Market is paying homage to its new location, in Portsmouth, N.H., by offering more than 700 local products throughout the store. The 41,436-square-foot store, located at 1600 Woodbury Ave., opened on June 25.
The Portsmouth store's full-service seafood counter features a variety of frozen seafood options that are either sustainable wild-caught or Responsibly Farmed, with more than 20 varieties of local oysters from Fat Dog Shellfish Co.
In addition to its made-in-house sausages, gourmet burgers and dry-aged beef, the full-service butcher department includes locally sourced options like pork from Mayfair Farm and North Country Smokehouse
The new Whole Foods' specialty food section features flatbread crackers made with upcycled grains from Brewers Crackers, and charcuterie from Vermont Salumi.
The Portsmouth store is also supporting hunger relief efforts in the area with its Buy Local, Support Local program. Until July 14, Whole Foods will match 100% of local product purchases, up to $5,000. All proceeds will go to a local nonprofit, Gather, that serves nutritious food to those in the Portsmouth community experiencing hunger.
Whole Foods recently revealed its growth plans, indicating that it has more than 40 new stores in the pipeline. One of those is a 48,000-square-foot hyper-local store in Tampa, Fla., slated to open in July. Last year, the food retailer launched 950 new local brands, 10,000 local items and 650 new exclusive brands.
The first national certified-organic grocer, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods has more than 500 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The grocer is No. 26 on The PG 100 list, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America, while Seattle-based Amazon, its parent company, is No. 2 on PG’s list.