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Author: tangoev Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 3397  
Subject: London store visit Date: 6/15/2007 7:31 AM
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Store report London for general interest.

Was in central London yesterday and visited the new Whole Foods Market for lunch. I have previously used stores in San Francisco and my local one in Seattle. The London store is different. I was expecting a huge mind blowing store and it is large but it does not seem that big even though it's 80 thousand feet or so.

You walk from the street into the bread and cake section then it opens up to salads, wine, cheese and flowers and other bits and pieces. There is escalator down to the basement which looks more like a regular store with isles of the usual fruit, veg, packets, nuts, cans etc. The tills are back up on the ground floor and they run a Frys type single line multiple tills system with about 25 active tills.

Upstairs from the main shop is a food court with a number of different seating areas with dedicated wine, beer, sushi, oyster bars and various other foods types with a large central seating area. I sampled the vegetarian curry and it was jolly yummy. Talked to German guy next to me who was a fellow stock holder who had come to check out the store. The woman next to me had recently visited LA and had enjoyed WFM there and was singing the praises.

The place was packed with lunch time shoppers but not many people doing large shopping expeditions. This is central London, with limited to non existing parking and mighty high prices for everything. I see a huge success in the making that makes me happy to continue to hold.

Tango
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