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Whole Foods opens Kailua store; has 600 shoppers in first hour

    20120418-0003 BSN WHOLE FOODS This is the grand opening of Whole Foods in Kailua. It was really crowded as long lines quickly formed. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. APRIL 18, 2012.
    20120418-9788 BSN WHOLE FOODS The grand opening of Whole Foods in Kailua started with their "breaking bread" ceremony where they shared their bread with their customers so everyone was connected. (l-r) Tim Talkington (Whole Foods Market Kailua store team leader), Bill Jordan (Regional Senior V.P.), Nathan Bulicek (Assoc. Store team leader), Claire Sullivan (Purchasing and Public Affairs Coordinator for Hawaii) and Robin Burton (Assoc. Store team leader) break the bread. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. APRIL 18, 2012.

Whole Foods Market opened its Kailua store at 9 a.m. today and said it had more than 600 shoppers in the first hour.

The Kailua store is the third in Hawaii for the Austin, Texas-based organic and natural food store.

The Kailua store has a solar cooling system that uses liquid desiccant air conditioning technology and a solar thermal array to reduce energy consumption, the company said. The company said the solar cooling system is the first of its kind used by a U.S. supermarket and reduces the store’s need for electricity to power its air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

The company also used recycled wood from Oahu Tree Salvage and Douglas Fir at the Kailua store.

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