Uptown Urban Grocery
Uptown Whole Foods Market gives urban flavor to grocery store experience
Whole Foods Market opens its Uptown location on August 12 with amenities designed to appeal to the most urban-minded customer.
The store is on the ground floor of the Gables McKinney Avenue apartments, an eight-story building on McKinney Avenue at Fairmount. It's the first Whole Foods in North Texas located in an apartment building, and as such, has a number of features designed to address its in-house audience.
There are bike racks, street-side patios and a big focus on grab-and-go items. A coffee and smoothie bar is positioned at the entrance, and a deli case holds prepared foods. An in-house cafe serves pizza, sushi, tacos and sandwiches, resembling a similar operation at the Whole Foods Market in Colleyville.
A taproom boasts 24 taps, with 19 dedicated to beer, 4 to wine, and one to cold-brew coffee. They'll serve Whole Foods' house-brewed Post Oak Pale Ale, produced at the Post Oak store in Houston, described as a deep golden beer "with an orange marmalade sweetness" that "rolls directly into tangerine, grapefruit, and tropical tones."
Wine is served by the glass or by the bottle, and in a first, there are also growlers for wine as well as beer.
Like the Park Lane Whole Foods, the Uptown branch has an underground parking garage, with an entrance off Fairmount. There's a patio on the sidewalk, as well as a patio on the second level that overlooks McKinney Avenue.
The Gables is a 239-unit complex with 222 apartments and 17 townhomes.