Lower prices aren't the only differences between the 365 by Whole Foods Market stores and the Whole Foods Market stores that customers are accustomed to using. The 365 stores will keep fewer items in their inventory and not feature the highest prices of the Whole Foods Market stores.
Look for the initial 365 stores to open on May 25 in Los Angeles, with more 365 stores to come, reports Whole Foods. With a greater portion of the Whole Foods Market hot foods and salad bar items coming in pre-prepared formats in the 365 stores, perhaps incidents like the above whereby the man poured a liquid onto foods would be lessened. More of those pre-prepared foods will not be prepared in-house at 365 by Whole Foods Market stores, which requires less labor at the 365 stores.
More differences at the 365 stores include less fanfare with fancy food displays, plus less service in the meat and seafood departments. Whole Foods Market stores are known for their fanciful displays -- but more pre-packaged foods means customers at 365 stores can get in and get out with the food they want to buy and eat instead of cook and eat.
Lastly, the new 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will be smaller and therefore less expensive to build and operate.
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