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Laguna Niguel Loves Whole Foods, More Than 6K at Grand Opening

The store opened on Wednesday to big crowds and it continues to be a hit, according to the store's team leader. Also, because of its apparent success, more jobs are being added next week.

It's been almost three days and the crowds are still flocking to the at 23922 Aliso Creek Road in the Aliso Village Center.

I made sure I was on hand the first day and it took me 20 minutes to find a parking place. There wasn't a spot to be had; in fact there were four security guards directing traffic. I haven't seen that much traffic at the Aliso Village center since, well, ever!

Shoppers were in line well before 9 a.m, waiting to peruse the aisles and check out what they have long been waiting for, the store to be open.

Again, on Friday, the market was teaming with people eating outside in the open-air seating section, waiting in line for fresh sandwiches to be prepared, making their own salads from the various salad bars, and enjoying hot slices of wood-fired pizza.

According to  more than 6,000 were at the grand opening.

"We are really pleased with how the Laguna Niguel and surrounding areas have welcomed us to the community. We had over 6,000 customers visit us on opening day. The store was bustling, and customers seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

"We were really glad to see the Rock-it Bar was a popular destination for customers. We really want people to think of us as a destination where they can meet friends for a drink and a great meal," he continued. "We have a lot of events planned to welcome people to our store - from cooking classes to beer and wine tastings, and more."

All of the information on upcoming events is posted at the store's calendar at wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lagunaniguel/.

On Saturday, May 19, Cathy Pavlos from Lucca will be at the store for a cooking class, and on Saturday, May 26, Fabio will be on hand to introduce his new Happy Planet Whey Protein Powder to shoppers.

"We will be posting for several new positions in the next few weeks," he said.

Anyone interested in a position can go to wholefoodsmarket.com/careers/and select the Laguna Niguel location.

Debbie L. Sklar May 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
@Randy: It's a nice store, wondering how long the hype will last.
Dave Dyssegard May 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Debbie, It's not only Sprouts that came late to the dance, it is also Ralphs. They started to redo the store and add things before Whole Foods opened. It's sad that companies wait and not keep up with the times. They get tunnel vision and forget about being creative along with focusing on customer service. I took the family over last night listened to a little live music, had a bottle wine and pizza enjoyed the atmosphere which the others are lacking. We all know that Whole Foods is not the least inexpensive however, they are doing what they do best and that is presentation, quality and customer service. Nice addition to the neighborhood. Dave
Andrea Child May 21, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Your editing person must have been asleep...."the store was TEEMING with people" not TEAMING.
David Hilgendorf June 16, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Sprouts is where I buy my "whole" foods, Whole Foods is where I buy/drink my beer. Debbie, please do an article on the CLOSURE of other businesses in the plaza. Mi Tierra is now gone, and we were regulars there... Ted's can't be far behind :(
Debbie L. Sklar June 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
David: Please see these stories on closures:http://lagunaniguel.patch.com/articles/tenants-losing-leases-is-new-whole-foods-market-to-blame http://lagunaniguel.patch.com/articles/no-whining-for-wine-store-owners-as-they-prepare-to-shut-doors-next-month http://lagunaniguel.patch.com/articles/kumon-math-coming-new-location-for-an-old-favorite-and-construction-at-marina#photo-10294812

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