Kimberton Whole Foods Expands to Wyomissing
KIMBERTON PA – Construction is expected to start next month on a seventh location for Kimberton Whole Foods, the family-owned grocery store chain that specializes in fresh and organic foods and currently operates markets in Collegeville and Douglassville. It’s largest-yet store will occupy a former knitting mill previously occupied by the Vanity Fair Outlet center in Wyomissing, a Reading suburb.
The company began more than 30 years ago at Seven Stars Farm in Kimberton, in East Pikeland Township west of Phoenixville. Its proposed 13,000-square-foot grocery and cafe, located at the corner of Penn Avenue and Park Road in Wyomissing, is planned for a Fall 2022 opening. The company said its “operations team is close to completing an overall design concept.”
More than a century ago, the building itself was known as the world’s “largest full-fashioned knitting mill,” the company noted. Co-Founder and President Terry Brett said the site “gives us the opportunity to renovate” and put to new use an existing structure in a prime location “with ample parking, and floor to ceiling windows that fill the interior with natural light.”
Brett also cited an added benefit: it’s “walkable from the downtown area,” which he described as “vibrant,” and near growing institutions like the West Reading campus of Drexel University’s College of Medicine.
The company anticipates the store will “offer a wide selection of fresh and organic produce, grass-fed meats and dairy, specialty cheeses, grocery staples, baked goods, supplements, and body care” products, as well as “wholesome grab-and-go meals.” Product choices include “allergen-friendly, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The cafe will serve fresh juices, smoothies, and specialty coffee.
Kimberton Whole Foods provides “competitive prices on grocery staples and everyday essentials” under a relationship with the Independent Natural Food Retailer Association, it added.
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