The Whole Foods Parking Lot: It's About to Get Real (VIDEO)

Whole Foods celebrates its grand opening Wednesday, which means Davis Commons will soon become even more of a hot spot.

Whole Foods will open its doors in Davis Wednesday morning, filling the vacancy left by Borders Books in the Davis Commons shopping center last year. A bread breaking will be held at the store at 9:45 a.m. to celebrate the store's grand opening. 

The Davis Commons shopping center is heavily traveled by students, in part because it backs up against the UC Davis Arboretum and also because it has several popular lunch spots for students. Whole Foods is expected to draw many more to the area. 

The store's parking lot has been a heavily discussed topic of conversation ever since it was announced. The Davis Commons lot already fills up routinely and can be a challenge to navigate because it only has one inlet/outlet.

During a tour of the store last week, I was told that Whole Foods will offer bike carriages for cyclists to tow their groceries home. All you have to do is show your license, fill out a form, and you can ride home with your groceries. (I'm not yet sure how long you have to return the carriage).

With the store opening Wednesday morning, this felt like a fine time to share the "It's Getting Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot" video, which went viral on YouTube long before the chain announced it would come to Davis.

Let us know what you expect of the Whole Foods parking lot in the comments below. 

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Robin Erbacher October 24, 2012 at 07:46 PM
LOLOL! Shared the video, that's for sure!
Momoko October 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Great video! Kudos to all who made this!
MLucky November 05, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The parking lot/location is the reason this Whole Foods will be out of business within 18 months. Virtually anywhere you live in Davis, there is a closer, more convenient, and cheaper grocery option. Most people who want to drive there will need to pass through the three-way clusterfork at Richards/E Street/1st, and once they get there, parking is extremely limited. I though Whole Foods would emphasize the deli and food to go in this store, but it turns out options are very limited there. You can already get a burrito or a slice of pizza at several places downtown, and they're better and cheaper than WF. I think they'll stick it out for a year just out of sheer corporate stubborness, but this is a money pit the WF company will quickly decide they want out of.
Justin Cox November 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Those are good observations. I also wondered about the lot and the fact that most residential neighborhoods have closer grocery options (that also offer organic food). But in some ways the downtown location is convenient, especially since the store is smaller than most Whole Foods. Maybe it's more of a place to grab a few items rather than do all of your shopping. With that said, I have no idea. In one sense, this store will get way more foot traffic than other stores in town, but parking can be tough and there's a lot more competition. It's way to early to tell, though. We'll see. "Clusterfork" made me laugh.
Mark Gold November 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I agree that it's likely doomed to fail. I've never liked that intersection, and have to drive through it more often than I'd care to. And let's not even get started on the parking situation, it's a disaster. That being said, it's a convenient place to shop for folks who work or live in the immediate area, especially those who bike and walk everywhere.


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