Central catering kitchen to close
Market to close catering facility on Bolm Road; 93 jobs at risk.
Whole Foods Market will close its centralized Austin catering kitchen next month, transferring catering operations into its stores here – a move that could result in up to 93 jobs being lost, according to a letter the Austin-based retailer sent the Texas Workforce Commission.
Most of the employees currently working at the catering kitchen, at 6201 Bolm Road in Austin, are expected to find work at Whole Foods stores in the Austin area, a company spokeswoman said.
In Central Texas, Whole Foods operates stores in Bee Cave, the Arboretum area in Northwest Austin, The Domain in North Austin, Arbor Trails in Southwest Austin and its flagship location in downtown Austin at 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Whole Foods is one of Austin’s highest-profile companies, with 87,000 workers in more than 460 stores worldwide and about 2,500 employees in Central Texas.
Catering services provided after the centralized kitchen closes should be largely similar to those currently available, the company said.
“We’re shifting management of catering services in Austin to our five local stores, where culinary innovation and prepared foods are a major focus,” Whole Foods said in a written statement. “After May 1, each of our stores will work with customers across