Whole Foods 365: Small-format grocery coming to downtown Tempe

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 23:43:40-04

Whole Foods announced Tuesday it is bringing its '365 by Whole Foods Market' concept to Arizona, its first in the state.

The smaller-format grocery store will anchor a new luxury apartment complex -- The Local -- near University Drive and Ash Avenue in downtown Tempe, one street west of Mill Avenue, the company said in a news release.

"Our 365 stores deliver the same quality that our customers have come to expect, but in a convenient and fun new format that provides exceptional value," said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region.

According to its online product list, the store offers typical grocery store staples like organic produce and fruit, frozen food items, beer and wine, as well as its '365 Organic' generic products.

The 40,869-square-foot grocer will be located on the first floor of the nine-story building. It is scheduled to be completed within the first quarter of 2018.

There are four '365' stores -- one each in California, Oregon, Texas, and Washington -- with more than a dozen other "future stores" planned in other states (the Tempe location was not yet listed), according to its website.


We did our own price comparison to see if 365 by Whole Foods actually saves you money.

One pound of seedless grapes.
365: $2.25
Whole Foods: $3.00
Trader Joe's: $2.99
SAVINGS WINNER: 365 Whole Foods

Mini watermelon:
365: $3.50
Whole Foods: $4.99
Trader Joe's: $2.99

Package of Hot Dogs:
365, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods:  $5.99
SAVINGS WINNER: Same at all stores.


"The Local" will have 286 units, a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Amenities will include a rooftop lounge, a karaoke, and entertainment lounge, pool area with cabanas and a bar, according to a release.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning, July 11.