At 70,000 square feet, Whole Foods opens its largest store in the Southeast in Midtown today. (Video by Ryon Horne, Kelly Audett)

Whole Foods giving away $100 gift cards at Midtown store opening

Free food, giveaways and gift cards worth up to $100 are just a few things customers can expect when the largest Whole Foods in the Southeast opens Friday, April 5 in Midtown.

The 70,000-square-foot store — twice as large as the average Whole Foods — will sit at 22 14th Street. The location will mark the 500th store opening for the company. The health food grocery store will be adjacent to the 39-story Icon Midtown high rise, which consists of 390 luxury apartments attached to a nine-level parking deck. 

The store will include an expansive selection of foods and wines, four fast-casual eateries across four floors, a rooftop bar, a pub, microbrewery, cooking school and programming for yoga and movie nights. 

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“From its extensive selection of responsibly-sourced, local, and innovative product offerings, to its four unique dining spaces, to its Atlanta-inspired design elements that capture the spirit of the community, we are confident that this store will offer something for a variety of tastes, preferences, and purposes,” the store’s team leader Abibou N'Diaye said in a news release about the opening. 

Festivities will begin on opening day at 6:30 a.m. with free coffee from a local supplier, pastries and live music. The first 150 customers in line from Friday to Sunday will receive a gift card between $5 and $100.

The first 500 customers in line when doors open at 7 a.m. will also receive a token for a free Whole Foods tote bag. 

The day’s celebration will continue with ‘cycle for a nonprofit’ from 9 to 10 a.m. Spin bikes will be located outside the store and for every five minutes someone spins, the store will donate $1 to the Center for Puppetry Arts. 

Live music will play throughout the day as customers sample products and meet with local suppliers between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

The store will donate five percent of its April 18 sales to Food Well Alliance, an organization that supports urban agriculture in Atlanta.  

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