Whole Foods is a great place to go for fresh, local and organic products. But these little known secrets may just change your opinion of the store (for better or worse)!
You can taste anything before you buy it!
Whole Foods has a “Try It Before You Buy It” policy. This means anything you want to try, even the expensive cheese, you can ask for a sample of before you decide to buy it!
You can find homemade food in the hot bar, salad bar and bakery.
Whole Foods has a team of chefs who work to create fresh, homemade foods for various food departments. The team is focused on creating a better experience through culinary and hospitality.
You can return anything.
Whole Foods prides itself on making its customers happy, so if you don’t like something, feel free to return it! You don’t even need your receipt to do so.
If you’re looking for sales, the best day to shop is Wednesday.
Wednesday is sale turn over day at Whole Foods, so there are twice as many sales on this day as opposed to every other day of the week. There are also exclusive coupons on its mobile app as well!
The butchers can debone, steam or season any type of fish for you.
For no extra charge, the butchers can debone, season and cook any type of fish for you. They have a variety of spice mixes for added flavor too!
The employees are not allowed any physical contact with shoppers.
This rule even goes for shoplifters. Employees are not allowed to chase after and try to stop a shoplifter. If they do, they risk being fired.
The employee perks include some pretty insane discounts!
Whole Foods may just be where you should work next. Every employee gets at least a 20 percent discount!
If you’re looking for one of the best, the responsibly farmed salmon is the best-selling seafood item.
This may just be the best salmon you’ve ever had. It is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides and GMOs.
Food leftover at the end of the day gets donated to local organizations.
All of the hot food leftover at the end of the day gets donated to local food banks or other organizations instead of just being thrown out.
Ingredients are taken very seriously.
Whole Foods doesn’t just pick ingredients that are said to be good. They have a team set up that’s dedicated to using science and research to figure out what food can and can’t be in the stores.
The meat sold at Whole Foods gets discounted right before closing time.
Make sure to arrive about 30 minutes before the store closes because some of the stores offer their meat at half price to make sure it sells.
Bulk nuts may be cheaper elsewhere.
If you’re big into buying in bulk, Whole Foods isn’t the place to go for your nuts. The bulk nuts at Whole Foods are about 4 dollars more expensive than the same product elsewhere.
The healthier you are, the better employee discount you get.
Yes, you read that right. Whole Foods incentivizes being healthy by offering employees up to a 30 percent discount if they have under a certain BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure level.
Your basic produce is more expensive at Whole Foods.
While it’s common knowledge you’re going to pay more for organic produce, non-organic produce can be up to a dollar more expensive at Whole Foods compared to other stores.
Go for bulk oats, grains and beans at Whole Foods.
Unlike nuts being more expensive at Whole Foods, oats, grains and beans in bulk are actually cheaper. Plus, they last awhile so it’s a bargain all around.