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Monday, August 1, 2016 - 5:21pm

While only two 365 by Whole Foods Market stores have opened so far, “the customer response has been overwhelmingly positive,” co-CEO Walter Robb told analysts earlier this week on the company’s earnings call.

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:01pm

Plus, 365 stores are a hit with consumers

Whole Foods sold $3.7 billion worth of groceries in the last fiscal quarter, according to a report the organic grocery chain released yesterday. In a conference call with investors, co-CEO Walter Robb called the sales “a record,” marked in part by the launch of the chain’s new, lower-priced 365 stores.

Below, three things we learned from the company’s third quarter earnings call.

1. People are buying so much at 365 stores the chain had to re-design its registers

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 8:49am

The grains that go into the beers at Tradition Brewing Company may not only quench your thirst, but satisfy your hunger as well.

The brewing company, which opened in Newport News to the public last month, has partnered with Whole Foods to turn the spent grains, one of the byproducts from the brewing process after the Irish red ales and American pale ales and other beers are made, into bread.

There, Amanda Urick, Whole Foods' bakery team leader, takes those grains and bakes them into loaves that sell like hot cakes at the Newport News store.

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 11:56am

Divaris Real Estate Inc. reported its latest commercial leases in Hampton Roads.

Ross Dress for Less Inc. renewed its lease for 30,187 square feet of retail space in Williamsburg Marketcenter at 6610 Mooretown Road in Williamsburg.

Visionworks leased 2,560 square feet of retail space in the Marketplace at Tech Center located at 12080 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News.

OneMain Financial Group leased 2,400 square feet of retail space in Williamsburg Marketcenter.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 11:42am

While its first 365 store has been open only a month, Whole Foods Market executives gave investors a peek into what’s working, and it looks like its “grocerant” offerings, like the vegan By Chloe restaurant, are an early hit.

In a presentation at the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference, Whole Foods executives -- including co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey -- revealed some insights. While declining to give sales figures, he did say: “We had to add two more cash registers to the front end, and we’re very happy.”