Whole Foods Market in Wellesley got the Board of Selectmen’s blessing on Monday to sell beer and wine for off-premises consumption. Despite being owned by Amazon now, there have been no talks at least for the Wellesley store to offer delivery of alcoholic beverages, a store representative said at the BoS meeting.
The store, which occupies about 46,000 sq. ft. (including the basement) will use about 1,950 sq. ft. for the bulk of its beer/wine stock, which will be located in the space currently used as community space and for cooking classes. Some community space will be relocated to another part of the store.
Whole Foods already sells alcohol in 5 stores across the state.
Fells Market became the first retailer in Wellesley to start selling beer and wine back in 2014 after voters approved a change to town bylaws.
The town can dole out a total of 6 licenses, 3 apiece to food stores (i.e., Fells, Roche & Whole Foods) and specialty food stores (i.e., Wasik’s and Tutto Italiano).
We have an inquiry in to Whole Foods about when to expect beer/wine sales to begin in Wellesley.