- Addie Broyles American-Statesman Staff
It’s been more than four years since developers announced that a Whole Foods Market would open in the Domain, the large multi-use complex near the intersection of Mo-Pac (Loop 1) and U.S. 183.
And on January 15, after years of delay, in part due to the recession, the store will finally open. The 63,000 square-foot store is the fifth in the Austin area, joining the nearby Gateway location, as well as stores downtown, Bee Cave and in the Arbor Trails development in Southwest Austin.
In addition to thousands of square feet of traditional grocery retail space, the Domain store, 11920 Domain Dr., has a number of unique in-store eating options, including an outdoor beer and bratwurst bar built in a storage container and a venue called Texas Ramen, which will serve “Japanese ramen with a Texas BBQ twist.” In all, the store will offer 11 different seating areas, including an indoor oyster bar called Draft Shack. This location also has a community meet-up space that will be used for yoga and cooking classes and even craft nights.
On Wednesday, January 15, the store will host opening activities starting at 7:30 a.m., and for the first five days that the store is open, it will donate 1 percent of proceeds to a different nonprofit. The benefitting agencies are the Jewish Community Center of Austin, Emancipet, Austin Creative Reuse, Girlstart and Back on My Feet.
You can find all the details about the new store, as well as a calendar of opening events, at wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/domain. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.