A new 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market will open May 20 in a new retail center under construction across Hacienda Drive from Hacienda Crossings at Dublin Boulevard.
Adding to a Whole Foods store already open in San Ramon, it will be the grocer's 43rd location in Northern California, aimed at serving the Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin market.
The store will bring an estimated 225 jobs to the area, with available jobs to be posted online from March 2 to 22 at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers/ Interested candidates should just click "Find and Apply for Jobs" and search for openings at the new Dublin store.
In addition to Whole Foods customary selection of natural and organic products, the Dublin store will offer dining and entertainment, including a pizza venue, tap room, wine tasting area and an outdoor patio with a space for live music and performances. The store will have a "modern farmhouse" look, incorporating reclaimed wood and tin, aged metals and colorful chalkboards.
Allen Culp, who first joined the company in 2009 as a shift leader at Whole Foods Market in Reno, has been hired as the store's team leader. Most recently, he managed the San Ramon store.
"Dublin is home to lots of families, people who love the outdoors, and folks who enjoy a strong sense of community," Culp said. "That's why we're building this store as much as a social spot as a place to buy groceries."
"We want to give local musicians a place to play, a wide selection of trending ingredients to share with friends, and parents and a comfortable, welcoming place to have a quick and easy meal with their kids," Culp added.
Leading the marketing and community relations efforts for the Dublin location is Paul Barron, who started at Whole Foods Market in Novato in the prepared foods department. Barron most recently served as marketing team leader in the Sonoma store.
In Dublin, Barron will oversee local partnerships, sponsorships and charitable giving, such as "5-Percent Days" and "Nickels for Nonprofits." He will also handle marketing, social media and local public relations.
The Whole Foods Dublin team will have a booth at the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festival in Dublin on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15. Whole Foods representatives will be offering food samples and and staffing a photo booth.
The store is also sponsoring food and beverages for those participating in the city's drink this year's Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk on Sunday, March 15.
For updates, customers can follow the store's progress in both the Pleasanton Weekly, Pleasanton Weekly Express and at facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketDublin/