Whole Foods Market in Wellesley has opened up its jammed-pack beer and wine section in the former community room at the supermarket on Washington Street. Whole Foods still serves up coffee at the entrance to the beer/wine section.
The wine room features over 700 selections of wine, many selected by Whole Foods Market’s global Master Sommelier. There are also over 20 feet of craft beer selections with a focus on local brews. Whole Foods Market Wellesley also features over 25 Highly Rated wines that are 90 points and above, featured in its cheese department.
Whole Foods got the OK from the town in October to start selling beer and wine, and has been scattering offerings throughout the store in recent months, awaiting the conversion of its nearly 2,000 sq. ft. community room into a beer/wine sales center.
Whole Foods already had been selling 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 Bros., & Whole Foods) and specialty food stores (i.e., Wasik’s and Tutto Italiano).
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 back in the fall.
Meanwhile, Party On!