Those features include a full-fledged outpost of chicken sandwich specialist Birdcall (complete with touch-pad ordering and a wine and beer bar — a first for a Colorado Whole Foods); a row of food vendors serving sushi, pizza and Israeli street food; a mac-and-cheese bar; a butcher section with a dry-aging room and a custom-cuts counter; and even an Amazon pop-up shop (for those who need high-tech gadgets to go along with all the food). If that's not enough, you can marvel at the cheese tower, built from more than 800 pounds of Parmesan, cheddar and Gruyère; stop by the fish counter, where the "fish circus" will offer daily specials on all manner of seafood; or see if you can hoist a toddler-sized jackfruit into your shopping cart.
Allegro Coffee Roasters, and soon Comal Heritage Food Incubator will add a Mexican food counter to the mix.
Among the many employees roving the aisles, there are specialists in nearly every type of food, from the three certified cheese professionals who have completed all the requirements and testing from the American Cheese Society, to the "local forager," who forages not for wild mushrooms and herbs, but for Colorado food producers who would make good additions to the store's shelves. Not only does she find existing products, but she works with artisans, farmers and ranchers to come up with organic and sustainable foods that benefit the local food system (not to mention the paying customers). Füdmill, an artisan bakery founded by the chef/owners of D Bar and Fruition, is one of dozens of Colorado companies represented throughout the store.
After Wednesday, Whole Foods Union Station will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. There's underground parking available (with access from Wewatta Street), but multiple light rail and bus lines will get you there, too — and you won't have to deal with traffic jams or construction.
For more photos, see our complete Whole Foods Union Station slideshow.