Whole Foods' New Youth-Oriented Chain May Offer Tattoos

Here’s an idea you may not have seen coming: a tattoo parlor, and maybe a record store, in your friendly neighborhood Whole Foods.

Here’s an idea you may not have seen coming: a tattoo parlor in your friendly neighborhood Whole Foods. Also maybe a record store.

As part of its push to appeal to young, hip, budget-minded shoppers with its new chain, 365 by Whole Foods Market, the high-end grocer has put a call out to independent businesses of all Millennial-attracting stripes to offer their goods and services within Whole Foods stores or outside on the stores’ patios.

“Friends of 365 may be any type of business,” the company explains on its website, “from food and drinks to fashion, body care products, services, and more. (Record shop? Tattoo parlor? Maybe!) And each 365 store may have a different mix of friends. The more variety, the merrier!”

Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb told Bloomberg TV that the new 365 by Whole Foods stores — the first of which is set to open in Los Angeles in May, with stores in Oregon and Washington following shortly thereafter and 10 additional stores opening in 2017 — would enable the company to "reach more communities than we would be able to with our mother ship.” Robb said the new stores were bound to be “unique.”

Whatever else, the locations with tattoo parlors are sure to leave their mark.

Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market
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