The Vienna Whole Foods launches its 10-week renovation today, the first major facelift for the 15-year-old store. Vienna has had only minor updates as flashier stores popped up in Clarendon and D.C., complete with new-fangled pizza ovens and mile-long hot bars.
“Right now, Vienna has one of the smallest hot bars in the mid-Atlantic region,” says store representative Katie Wolffe. But not for long! Vienna is slated to receive a “much larger” hot bar, plus a larger salad bar, a sandwich counter, a pizza oven, and a tap room where customers can order beer and wine by the glass. Management is promising an after-hours-only construction schedule, so the store remains open and fully functional during its regular hours. Full blueprint of the future store available here.
Vienna might lack the glitz of some of its more contemporary counterparts in Rockville and Old Town, but it has managed to mitigate their parking woes with a recent paintjob. “The parking lot was actually recently repainted,” says Wolffe, “and we’ve got great feedback from customers that it’s easier to see where to go.” Indeed online complaints have dropped considerably, with shoppers merely calling it “awkward” instead of “parking lot of death.”