Whole Foods opens at Trolley Square
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Monday morning, Whole Foods opened its Trolley Square store at 544 S. 700 East in Salt Lake City. On Sunday, the chain closed its nearby outlet at 645 E. 400 South to make way for its new 42,000-square-foot location.

Hours for the Trolley Square store are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Whole Foods is an anchor for the venerable shopping center's $60 million revitalization project, and the store's arrival also means that parking will be less of an issue.

Trolley's new west-side garage has more than 200 spaces, while the Whole Foods' above-store garage offers an additional 200 stalls — along with about a dozen 15-minute spaces,on the ground floor outside the market's east entrance.

Shoppers inside the new store will see a new rating system to promote animal-welfare practices. Customers may choose poultry, beef and pork cuts based on five steps, ranging from no crates, cages or crowding, to animals spending their entire lives on one farm. The system, devised by the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership, uses independent, third-party certifiers who audit more than 1,200 farms and ranches.

The Texas-based Whole Foods operates three other Utah stores in Sugar House, Cottonwood Heights and Park City.

dawn@sltrib.com