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Whole Foods Market officially opens first Knoxville store
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After months of anticipation, a popular grocery store chain finally opened its first location in the Knoxville-area.

Whole Foods Market officially opened its doors in west Knoxville's Papermill Plaza at 9 a.m. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett attended the grand opening at 8:45 a.m., featuring live bluegrass music, cloggers, and a break-baking ceremony.

Several hundred people lined up before 8:30 a.m. to get the chance to win one of 100 gift cards valued from $5 to $500.

The 37,000 square-foot store has wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, an in-store healthy eating educator, 300-plus hand-cut cheeses, hand-cut pasta, on-tap beer growlers, make-your-own trail mix bar, and full-service coffee and gelato bar.

Whole Foods specializes in foods that are free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.

The new location created about 200 jobs in the community.


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