As of Apr 9, 2017, Whole Foods operated 461 stores, with 440 stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia, 12 stores in Canada and 9 stores in the UK.
In fiscal 2016, the company opened 25 new stores and 3 stores were relocated. During the first half of fiscal 2017, the company opened 15 new stores, closed 9 stores and relocated 4 stores. At year end, there were 98 stores in the development pipeline, and the company expects to reach 575 stores by the end of 2018.
The company owns 18 stores and the remainder are leased. Most stores range from 35,000 to 45,000 square feet and average 39,000 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.
|Total gross square feet (M)||18,035||17,800||16,625||15,162||13,779||12,735|
|Total gross square feet growth||5.6%||7.1%||9.6%||10.0%||8.2%||7.6%|
|Avg store gross sq ft||39,100||39,000||38,600||38,000||38,100||38,000|
|Avg store gross sq ft growth||1.0%||1.2%||1.5%||-0.2%||0.1%||-0.1%|