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Whole Foods opens first store in Capital Region

COLONIE -- Just when the clock struck nine Wednesday morning, the first Whole Foods Market in the area was open for business. From the moment the doors opened, hundreds of shoppers flooded the store. This is one of many grand openings in the town of Colonie recently. Town Supervisor Paula Mahan says it's a sure sign Colonie is open for business.

"What we've done with Colonie is we've streamlined our whole process. We've started in 2008 to try and identify what the issues were and how we could better serve our customers. It's doing what it should be doing and that's looking for good quality development, in the end a good product, and also with input from our residents to see what they'd like to see in their community," she says. 

The store boasts it's mission to help the environment and local economy. There will be more than 50 new one-of-a-kind, first-to-launch products from right here in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley, sold in the store. The store hires over 250 people, creating a ripple effect for the entire local economy.

"What's more important is not the jobs that it creates but the multiplier effect. Because Whole Foods uses local merchandise, it's committed to using local merchants, and that can create more job opportunities in the area also," says Peter Rivera, New York State Commissioner of Labor. 

"That was the really great thing about opening in this area. For so many years we were buying from the Hudson Valley, and we've been buying from farms in Columbia County, we've been buying from purveyors here in the Capital Region so to be able to open here where so many of them are it helped us to uncover even more," says Michael Sinatra, spokesperson for Whole Foods Market Northeast.

Also to mark the store's first day in business, the store donated 5% of all profits Wednesday to the Capital District Community Gardens, an organization with a mission to make green space and fresh foods more accessible for each and every community in our area.

The store will be open seven days a week, from 8am until 10pm.

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