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Three years after first being announced, Whole Foods Market in West Ashley sets an opening date. Warren L. Wise/Staff

The wait is nearly over for West Ashley residents looking to shop at their own Whole Foods Market.

The grocer said Thursday it will open Aug. 29 at 1125 Savannah Highway in the new West Ashley Station Shopping Center.

Doors will open at 9 a.m., and shoppers will find several product demonstrations and samples in the 40,000-square-foot store.

The upscale grocery site will feature a coffee and beer venue, juice bar and products from more than 60 local suppliers. Every item is free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats, the company said.

“We’re excited to join West Ashley’s vibrant community with the opening of our new Whole Foods Market,” said Debbie Pelkie, store team leader. “The new store will feature many locally sourced and seasonal products that meet our high quality standards.”

It was three years ago this month that Whole Foods announced it would open a second location in the Charleston market.

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The Charleston area's other Whole Foods Market is at Jonnie Dodds Boulevard and Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

Also recently opened in the new shopping center are restaurant Zoe's Kitchen, which began serving Thursday, pet supply store Hollywood Feed and pampering studio Allure Nails.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.