There’s a new Wholefood’s in town! I was more excited than most normal people would be when I heard that Wholefoods were opening a store in my nearest shopping area. Richmond is a lovely place to visit anyway, and now there is a place bang in the centre to stock up on gluten-free goodies.
I have visited a few times now, and they have a great selection, huge shop space and clearly labelled gluten-free everything. I took my parents there a few weekends ago and they were awed by the sheer variety and size of the foods. On our visit they were even giving out free samples! We had some cheese and wine, which made the afternoon’s shopping a very pleasurable experience.
The one downside is the crowds. Wholefoods seems extremely popular amongst the Richmond residents (it handily comes with parking and proximity to Waitrose for the rest of the posh shopping!) and even though the store is big, when busy it feels a little cramped, and the layout is such that that the people-traffic can build up fast.
The store is open until 9.30pm every day except Sunday, so it is perhaps worth going at an off-peak time if you’d rather browse in peace.
For the selection and time in food heaven however, I am willing to overlook this, and will make the store one of my regular haunts.