Whole Foods

Business
6:30 am
Fri November 16, 2012

As Whole Foods Opens, Boise Co-op Ready To Take On The Competition

Doug Bolles works in the produce department at the Boise Co-op. The Co-op has been preparing for competition with Whole Foods.
Frankie Barnhill Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s first Whole Foods Market is now open. The much-anticipated new store features an array of organic foods, and an upstairs bar with only local beers on tap.

Jillian Vaughan works in the bakery. She is handing out bread samples.

“Organic whole wheat flour and organic seed mix,” says Vaughan. “So pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, organic poppy seeds, and it’s sweetened with honey and it has sea salt and yeast.”  

Vaughan is a Boise State student. And she’s one of the 175 Whole Foods employees from the Treasure Valley.

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Whole Foods opens
6:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Whole Foods Opens In Boise, Provides 175 Local Jobs

Dan Dolenar arranges produce at Whole Foods Market. The company's first retail store opens in Boise this morning.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Correction:  In the original version of this story, we incorrectly reported that sales for organic and natural retailers totaled $36 million in 2010.  According to the organic foods research group NewHope360, sales totaled more than $36 billion.  We apologize for the error.


Idaho’s first Whole Foods Market opens in Boise today. The Austin, Texas-based natural foods store has hired and trained 175 people from the local community to run the store.

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