Uptown Urban Grocery
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.