Fayetteville Whole Foods Market to include 16-tap bar

Signs outside the new Whole Foods Market in Fayetteville announce an opening date of March 2.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Whole Foods Market has something special planned for the company’s Fayetteville store, set to open next month at 3425 N. College Avenue.

Officials this week announced plans to include a 16-tap beer and wine bar inside the new Fayetteville location.

The 1,500-square-foot taproom will offer beers from local and national brands, as well as wine by the glass. The taproom will also include growler fills of both beer and wine, along with special advance keg orders.

Whole Foods spokeswoman Allison Chilcote said the bar will also include a full lunch and dinner menu featuring wood-fired pizza, sandwiches, sushi, and barbecue cooked in the store’s own smokehouse.

Customers can eat and drink indoors or outside on the store’s covered patio.

Special beer and wine offerings are common at Whole Foods stores, but not every location has a taproom.

The Texas-based grocer began opening small, locally focused bars inside select stores in 2009. Since then, the company has expanded the concept to 110 of its 406 locations, and has opened two on-site microbreweries at stores in Houston and San Jose.

The 29,323-square-foot store will open Wednesday, March 2 with a “bread-breaking ceremony” at 7:30 a.m. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The taproom will be open from 8 a.m. to close the opening week. After that, taproom hours will be 3-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.

Aside from beer produced in Northwest Arkansas, Whole Foods says it will offer more than 150 local items, including products from Onyx Coffee, Crystal Lake Farms, Oh Baby, Ozark Natural Bread, Sweden Creek, Fayettechill, and more.