“Whole foods” and “locally sourced” are buzz words in the food retail business that are gaining in popularity everywhere. Similarly, Montco residents that prefer ingredients that are unrefined or processed will be happy to shop at the area’s two newest retail options. Although offering similar products and services, the stores, opening within one week of each other, are located on opposite sides of the county.
Check out these stores and in turn support the many local suppliers whose products fill their shelves.
Kimberton Whole Foods
222 E Main St., Collegeville, PA 19426
Everything about Kimberton Whole Foods is local. The company itself is a multi-generational, family grown, local business. Collegeville is now home to the newest Kimberton Whole Foods location. The store features a wide selection of whole foods including dairy products, gourmet cheeses, grass-fed meats, baked goods and fresh produce. The Apothecary carries a range of herbal remedies, essential oils, protein and meal replacement powders, and skin, hair and beauty products. The store also has a gift department. Shoppers can find kitchen items, home décor, candles, children’s toys, and books. Apparel and greeting cards are made from fair trade and organic or recycled materials, many from local creators.
Kimberton Whole Food’s (KWF) roots go back to 1986 when the owners were selling their own organic yogurt on-site as part of their dairy farm, Seven Stars Farm in Chester County. Today the venture has expanded to include six stores and a wide range of natural product offerings from over 200 local suppliers. The company’s definition of “local” means that suppliers are located within 100 miles of KWF’s distribution center in Downingtown. Suppliers make one delivery to the center and KWF then distributes to their stores.
While shopping, customers can enjoy items from the Café. In-store chefs craft a variety sandwiches, veggie burgers, smoothies and coffee beverages. Grab a fresh juice, matcha tea or tapped kombucha or nitro coffee. There is also a grab-and-go section of pre-packaged prepared items for those on the run.
The KWF store and café is open Monday through Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm.
Whole Foods Market
1111 North Bethlehem Pk., Spring House, PA 19477
Although a brand new and larger venue, this Whole Foods Market is really a relocation of the North Wales store. The 44,000 square foot space houses an expanded produce section and items from nearly 100 local suppliers, including a shop featuring craft beers and a large selection of wine. A Coffee Bar and Pub serves cold-pressed juices, kombucha on tap, and beer and cocktails. Self-serve pizza, a full service deli, and fresh sushi and salads make it easy to grab a lunch to go. Stop by for lunch, dinner or brunch on the weekends. The large hot bar is stocked all day. Patrons may sit inside or outdoors, and there’s room for up to 200 people.
Another special feature at the Springhouse site is the freshly baked confections from Curiosity Doughnuts. The award winning bakers will be serving up their yeasted, super cake and cruller doughnuts in flavors including cinnamon-cardamom sugar and passion fruit. The doughnuts will be available beginning daily at 8 am and sold until they run out, usually by mid-afternoon.
Whole Foods Market is part of a global venture that operates over 470 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The local store is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.