Neighborhood Guide

Whole Foods Union Square NYC

By Daniela Zakarya on October 30, 2009

Whole Foods Union Square

14th Street is now pesticide free, at least at 4 Union Square South, one of the multiple locations of a Manhattan Whole Foods, the largest retailer of natural and organic foods. Those looking to protect themselves and their environment find these stores a welcome addition with breads made from scratch, green cleaning supplies and organic baby items.

What other store has on-site entertainment in the form of the guy who calls out - with theatrical aplomb - which number check-out counter the next customer should use? His upbeat presentation might be explained by the fact that Whole Foods is consistently ranked among the most employee-friendly places to work in the service industry. It’s said that Whole Foods treats employees better than most liberal activist groups do. Plus, the company has strict environmental and humane animal treatment standards about how its food is grown and raised. They also buy local.

Whole foods, relatively new to Manhattan, takes pride in responsible business practices, supporting local farms and their Whole Planet Foundation. What you won’t find here are plastic shopping bags. They provide paper bags, but reward you for bringing your own bags, offering to give the shopper ten cents or to donate that amount to a local non-profit. This is corporate responsibility at its best.

The stores are large with a terrific selection in every department. Cleanliness and orderliness contribute to the experience of shopping here. Plus, there is a cafe for in-store dining or take-out. Prices are not low, but you get quality. If grocery shopping in Manhattan had once been challenging and unpleasant, that’s no longer the case, particularly in the Union Square area, which has an abundance of choices.

Whole Foods
4 Union Square East
Union Square
(845) 569-0303

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