Rick Nichols Checks Out the Pub at Whole Foods

Rick Nichols picks door No. 2 at the new Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting and though not quite through the looking glass, it is a step forward.

Even so, it’s not exactly the Wild West: Whole Foods has a state “tavern license,” which means that the pub is on a separate register, that half its sales are booze, that the total amount of beer you can take out is 192 ounces (roughly 16 12-ounce bottles or three 64-ounce growlers).

To drink a glass of wine, you buy a smart card, insert it in a slot, and get 1-, 3- and 6-ounce pours from a vending machine stocked with what appeared to be French, Italian, and German wines – San Michele all’Adige Pinot Nero 2006, for instance, or Hirsch Riesling “Zobing” 2008. (Bottles of wine cannot be purchased to take home. Or what, the sky would fall?)

On the Side: A grocery pub: How civilized [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Tale of the Tape: Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting


Whole Foods Market and Cafe is opening its newest location in Plymouth Meeting today.

  • Situated at the Plymouth Meeting Mall
  • Largest Whole Foods in Pennsylvania
  • 45,000 square feet
  • 134 full-time employees
  • 40-part time employees
  • Underground parking for 345 cars
  • Rooftop cafe
  • Brick oven pizza
  • smokehouse BBQ
  • Cold Point Pub
    • 28 Seats
    • Beer and wine offered
    • Wine served by glass or bottle but not to go
    • Six rotating taps of local beer
      • Opening Draft List
      • Sly Fox 113IPA
      • Yuengling Lager
      • Troegs Rugged Trail Brown Ale
      • Victory St. Victorious
      • Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel
      • Yards ESA
    • 64 ounce growlers filled from $5.99 to $10.99
    • Empty glass growler is $3.99

Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
500 W Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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Opening events schedule including free beer and food tasting after the jump.

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Whole Foods Adding Beer

The under construction Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting has a liquor license application at the site and is expected to carry beer. We can only hope there will be  a growler filling station like this New York city Whole Foods.

It will be the first Whole Foods in Pennsylvania with a liquor license and is aiming for an early 2010 opening.

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