As of Sep 24, 2017, Whole Foods operated 470 stores, with 448 stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia, 13 stores in Canada and 9 stores in the UK.

In fiscal 2017, the company opened 31 new stores, 7 stores were relocated and closed 9 stores.

The company owns 17 stores and the remainder are leased. Most stores range from 35,000 to 45,000 square feet and average 39,800 sq. ft., are located in high-traffic shopping areas on premier real estate sites, and are either freestanding or in strip centers. There are also a number of urban stores located in high-density, mixed-use developments. In fiscal 2015, the company announced plans to launch a second, more affordable, store format, 365 by Whole Foods Market, which the company believes can grow to beyond 1,200 stores.

Store growth3.1%3.1%5.8%8.0%10.2%8.1%
Total gross square feet (M)18,70018,70017,80016,62515,16213,779
Total gross square feet growth5.1%5.1%7.1%9.6%10.0%8.2%
Avg store gross sq ft39,80039,80039,00038,60038,00038,100
Avg store gross sq ft growth1.9%1.9%1.2%1.5%-0.2%0.1%