The Whole Foods Market team is gearing up to celebrate the grand opening Wednesday of the chain’s newest store in Massachusetts, this one in South Weymouth.
When Whole Foods opens a new store, a bread-breaking ceremony is part of the tradition. Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay and other community officials are expected to be on hand for the Wednesday event, the company said.
South Weymouth is the 23rd Massachusetts location for the chain. Whole Foods, which has roughly 350 stores in the US, Canada, and the UK, plans to open five more in Massachusetts this year, including one in Melrose later this month.
The South Weymouth location was formerly a Johnnie’s Foodmaster. It is one of six Johnnie’s leases that Whole Foods bought last year.
The 40,000 square foot store located in the Pleasant Shops Plaza at 35 Pleasant St. in South Weymouth employs 140 full and part time team members and joins the Hingham location as the second Whole Foods Market serving the South Shore, the company said.
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1980, Whole Foods says it’s America’s first national certified organic grocer. It reported about $12 billion in sales last year.