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.
|Total gross square feet (M)||18,700||18,700||17,800||16,625||15,162||13,779|
|Total gross square feet growth||5.1%||5.1%||7.1%||9.6%||10.0%||8.2%|
|Avg store gross sq ft||39,800||39,800||39,000||38,600||38,000||38,100|
|Avg store gross sq ft growth||1.9%||1.9%||1.2%||1.5%||-0.2%||0.1%|