Food halls have become wildly popular with today's consumer and for good reason. They offer a variety of food options, paired with a unique dining experience.
From an operator-standpoint, food halls are a great entry point into the foodservice business. They have much lower startup costs than the traditional brick-and-mortar store.
With that in mind, food halls are popping up all over the country and Amazon's Whole Foods just announced that the grocer is jumping on this trend too.
The organic grocery giant opened its 500th store, which is 70,000-square-feet and four levels, last Friday in midtown Atlanta.
The new store will have four fast casual concepts and is offering a “food hall experience” at its Canopy Court on the store's rooftop terrace.
The court will feature restaurants like Farm Burger, Capital Experience, along with the 14th Street Bar and a food truck serving wines, local brews, and rotating food items. The store will also have the grocer's coffee shop Allegro, which serves coffee, wine, beer, baked goods, and sandwiches.
“Whole Foods Market Midtown will be a true gathering space for the community,” said Bobby Turner, president of the South region for Whole Foods in a statement. “We worked hard to create a place that offers our neighbors a destination to get together, enjoy great food and connect with members of the local community through a variety of culinary, wellness and cultural events. We’re proud that our new South Region flagship has the honor of opening as Whole Foods Market’s 500th store, marking an incredible milestone for the company.”
The grocery shopping experience at this location has more food experiences incorporated too. There is a build-your-own avocado toast bar, made-to-order sandwiches station, lettuce wrap bars, and a skillet bar serving fried chicken and wings. There will also be seasonally rotating culinary popup stations.
Learn more about how Whole Foods is infusing the grocery experience with more food experiences at "Supermarket News."
Speaking of Food Halls, Miami has become a hot spot for these dining experiences. Don’t miss this recent On Foodable Side Dish episode below showcasing some of Miami’s best food halls.