FREMONT -- Residents here can load up their reusable shopping bags with grass-fed beef and gluten free options by the dozen with a trip to the city's first Whole Foods Market on Sept. 25, the official opening date for the long-awaited grocery store.

The newest Whole Foods store opens at 10 a.m., marking the official end of a decade-long battle by Fremont officials to attract the high-end, natural foods grocer and help fuel the city's ongoing downtown revitalization efforts. The natural foods grocer broke ground in January on the 39,000-square-foot store, which sits at corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Mowry Avenue, transforming a once-vacant plot into a shopping destination. It includes a tap room of craft beer and electric car charging stations.

The Fremont store joins a growing collection in the East Bay, which includes stores in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Oakland, San Ramon, Berkeley, and soon Dublin. The grocer also has several South Bay locations, including a new San Jose store expected to open next year at Alameda and Stockton avenues.

Contact Heather Somerville at 510-208-6413. Follow her at Twitter.com/heathersomervil.



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