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Whole Foods is nearly here. If you want a preview, the Whole Foods Market Fort Worth team will celebrate coming to the community with a preview party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10. The party is free and open to the community with samples, a five-piece jazz band, Whole Foods Market test kitchen food truck, a photo booth and other activities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to shop in advance of opening day at the 45,000-square-foot location.

The new store officially opens Wednesday, Oct. 12 with the company’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony at 7:30 a.m. At the same time, the new Whole Foods location will receive Blue Zones Project Certification. Dedicated to helping towns become better places to live, work and play, Blue Zones Project’s progress is tracked by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a measure of U.S. residents’ daily health and well-being.

Music will be provided by Fort Worth Country Day drumline at 7 a.m

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be there to open the store’s smokehouse at 10 a.m.


As the Waterside development gets into gear, more retailers are preparing to open their doors. Chef Marcus Paslay’s new restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, will open in time for the holiday season, he announced this week.

Also gearing up to open is CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling that offers a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere. CycleBar will open Oct. 24, but the location is offer some sneak-peek rides to the public from Oct. 13 to Oct. 23.


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