After a surprise soft launch on Monday, the new Haight & Stanyan Whole Foods had their official grand opening this morning with the breaking of the bread (an eight-foot sourdough loaf), speeches from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Haight Ashbury Improvement Association President Ted Lowenberg and others, and the presentation of a $50,000 loan check to Marin’s Rustic Bakery.
Supervisor Mirkarimi talked about how the new store will be an anchor for the community, but made clear that it shouldn’t be here to put the other local natural food grocers out of business. I asked if he plans to make an appearance at Haight Street Market to celebrate the completion of their expansion once construction is complete. “Absolutely!” he said, adding that he had meant to mention them in his speech.
I also asked about his rumored mayoral ambitions and he said that as of right now, rumors are all they are, as he has yet to make any formal announcement. He’s still weighing his options, including a possible run for Sheriff in which he could put his law enforcement background to use.
Some photos from the opening below.