Whole Foods, which opens tomorrow, still has some surprises up its sleeve: Its 56,000 square feet will have a section devoted to vinyl records and reclaimed vinyl jewelry by Brooklyn-based Wrecords by Monkey, The New York Daily News said. “We really wanted Brooklyn to feel like this was their store,” the Daily News quoted a spokesman as saying. There will be frozen pizza from Roberta’s and vegan ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.
Some of the greens for sale will come from the store’s greenhouse on the roof, and the beer hall and restaurant on the roof overlooking the Gowanus will feature a ramen chef, juice bar, knife sharpening station and a wood fired pizza oven.
Solar panels provide 25 percent of the building’s electricity, and wind turbines power the parking lot lights, said The New York Post. Recycled wood panels dot the exterior and the produce bins are made of wood from the Coney Island Boardwalk demolished by Hurricane Sandy. The bricks come from a building in Newark.
The covered parking lot, which looks a little like a 1950s car hop, has space for 240 cars. When we stopped by on Sunday, it was full of delivery vans, and a team of workers was installing lighting on the steps and walkways. Click through for more photos.