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Tour New Glorious Whole Foods Market in Downtown LA

The highly anticipated Whole Foods has opened its 41,000 square foot store in Downtown LA at 8th and Grand

Step inside the new Whole Foods Market in Downtown LA and you might just have to pinch yourself. Can it be true that the coveted market chain from Austin known for their fresh organic foods has finally opened here in LA’s urban core? A place once completely abandoned, left for dead, and now on the verge of a complete comeback like no one could have imagined. Yes, it’s true and it’s definitely not just a really good dream. In fact, some might say the opening of Whole Foods means Downtown LA has truly arrived — for good.

After almost 3 years since the exciting rumors first got out that Whole Foods was coming to 8th and Grand, the grocery store opens this week to the public officially on November 4 at 9 am where a “bread breaking ceremony” will take place along with a full day of celebration. The 41,000 square foot market occupies the ground floor of the also-new 8th & Grand mixed-use project with 700 luxury apartments above Whole Foods making for a nice built-in customer base for sure.

It’s hard to imagine now standing inside this glorious Whole Foods with its hip and modern decor, that just over three years ago nothing but a huge surface parking lot existed here. A huge expanse of asphalt the size of almost three football fields that did a damn good job destroying the urban fabric and preventing Downtown LA from maturing into a walkable urban city center that we urbanphiles so desperately yearn for.

Today, although the market’s exterior design is not without its flaws (walls along 8th Street and Olive Street with no pedestrian activation), it is still a huge triumph in Downtown LA’s march toward urban revitalization. With the market’s main front entrance along Grand Ave and a restaurant/bar (aptly named The Eight Bar) oriented toward the corner of 8th and Grand, other projects surrounding the market — Carmel’s residential tower, Dunkin’ Donuts’ first downtown store, etc. — will eventually pick up the slack when it comes to pedestrian activation.

What I love about the new DTLA Whole Foods is how much personalization went into the store given its unique location in Downtown LA. Not only is the restaurant/bar named The Eight Bar (for 8th Street), but upon entering the market, you will see a huge navy blue “8th + Grand” sign above the escalators that leads to the underground parking lot (there’s 90 minute free parking with validation). Even the Art Deco blade signs throughout the store denoting such things as “Coffee” or “Pizza” were inspired by downtown’s beautiful Union Station.

Oh, and one more nice surprise. Downtown LA’s Whole Foods will also have a Chego store-within-store concept so you’ll be able to grab those yummy pork belly bowls right here in the Financial District without having to schlep up to Chinatown.

Whole Foods in Downtown LA will be open every day from 7 am to 10 pm. If demand is high enough, I was told the store could extend its business hours until possibly as late as midnight.

Enjoy the tour of Downtown LA’s beautiful new Whole Foods Market!

Whole Foods is now open at 8th and Grand in Downtown LA with 700 luxury apartments above it

Whole Foods is now open at 8th and Grand in Downtown LA with 700 luxury apartments above it

Mural by Italian artist 2501 adorns the wall along 8th Street

Mural by Italian artist 2501 adorns the wall along 8th Street

Love the personalization of the store reflecting Downtown LA

Love the personalization of the store reflecting Downtown LA

Gotta love the lounge to surf the net and hang out over coffee

Gotta love the “Vinyl Lounge” to surf the net and hang out over coffee

Order food-to-go upon entering, shop, then pick up your order before you leave

Order food-to-go upon entering, shop, then pick up your order before you leave

The new Whole Foods in Downtown LA has a very hip industrial design

The new Whole Foods in Downtown LA has a very hip industrial design

The expansive produce area

The expansive produce area

Colorful fresh vegetables

Colorful fresh vegetables

Nuts and beans

#LSHIDMBN

Love the funky design of the store

Love the funky design of the store

Whole Foods strives for responsible food

Whole Foods strives for responsible food

You can purchase smaller slices of cheese for creating that perfect cheese board

You can purchase smaller slices of cheese for creating that perfect cheese board

Lots of beer...

Lots of beer…

...and wine (among other alcoholic beverages)

…and wine (among other alcoholic beverages)

Fresh prepared foods section

Fresh prepared foods section

Every Wed, take $1.50 off a pound of organic greens

Every Wed, take $1.50 off a pound of organic greens

Everyone's favorite Chego is now open inside Whole Foods in Downtown LA

Everyone’s favorite Chego is now open inside Whole Foods in Downtown LA

Celebrity chef Roy Choi stands in front of his new Chego inside Whole Foods in Downtown LA

Celebrity chef Roy Choi stands in front of his new Chego inside Whole Foods in Downtown LA

These Art Deco blade signs were inspired by Downtown LA's historic Union Station

These Art Deco blade signs were inspired by Downtown LA’s historic Union Station

Modern decor inside new Whole Foods in Downtown LA

Modern decor inside new Whole Foods in Downtown LA

Whole Foods' musically themed The Eight Bar stays open until 11 pm

Whole Foods’ musically themed The Eight Bar stays open until 11 pm

Get Down-Town

Get Down-Town

90 minute free parking available with validation

90 minute free parking available with validation

16 Comments

  1. James says

    Nice pics. Looking forward to seeing the store evolve from it’s “hipster fresh” debut, into something that tries a little less harder to appeal to millennials. I can see that vinyl lounge becoming a charcuterie corner or something in two years time…God willing!

  2. It is nice to finally have a major grocery store in DTLA; however, I’d swap out 20 ‘Ho Foods for one Trader Joe’s any day of the week! :)

    • carter says

      You can bet TJ’s will be CLOSELY watching the sales and progress of this store, and with the Ralphs nearby, it might choose to focus on a slightly different part of DTLA.

    • DaveLA says

      I must have missed the announcement that pronounced that Ralphs/Kroger (the nations largest grocery chain) no longer qualifies as a major grocery store or the one that stated that 9th Street between Flower and Hope is no longer in Downtown.

      See what happens when you don’t read the news everyday.

    • julietrevino says

      TJ is already opening a store in The Bloc. It’s a rather conventional outdoor mall, so won’t be nearly as exciting as WF or Ralph’s opening.

  3. I welcome this Whole Foods with big open arms, and hope a Sprouts or TJ’s would follow to add to the mix. James (the first commenter), sounds like a little douche. I believe that Downtown like other major or cool cities, is in dire need of more records and record stores that carry them. #ditc

  4. sebastian says

    Wow, amazed how nice this looks. I feel like these are the doors opening to a brighter future for Downtown, that will bring more retail and grocerie stores.

  5. Incredible store! This adds so much to the local community. The employees are excited and appreciate the jobs created by this market. Beautiful done! Nice! ✔️

  6. Raymond3000 says

    I walked down 8th, you can definitely sense the “whole foods effect” already! SOUTH OF 7TH is a thing now! I can already see them planning another store in the downtown loop easily in the next 3 or 5 years!

  7. Is the food buffet limited to salads? Im used to WF having an expansive lunch spread (by the pound).

    Also, in the first picture…shame on the city of LA. Brand new sidewalk, and a single wheelchair ramp oriented diagonally? Come on. This isnt 1982, there should be one ramp oriented into each crosswalk.

  8. RWags says

    5000 people there today at lunch. Nuts!!! I left and went to Ralph’s. Someone needs to keep that sad sack of a store in business.

  9. Carmen says

    This world will be divided over the most trivial things. I never thought a grocery store could spark so much division. Both Ralph’s and whole foods are great grocery stores.

    • julietrevino says

      You go to Ralphs for your basic items and WF for the artisans stuff. No one is actually crazy enough to do their full shopping at Whole Foods.

  10. ive been working at wholefoods seems 2004 I open Venice but this store is the bossiness

  11. Fran Hill says

    The market is great. We live in downtown LA and before always had to drive to other cities for a Whole Foods. Now we can walk. However, downtown does not have our Low Fat Goat Milk, Vit C capsules, their bread selection is small and we’ve had no luck in trying to order these items, so, we still travel back to the Glendale or Pasadena Whole Foods for certain items.

  12. Fran Hill says

    Oops, I spoke too soon. Just this evening we found Low Fat Goatmilk!!! Whoopee! My husband says it is a happening place.

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