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Case Study: Whole Foods

December 2, 2013


A global leader in natural and organic foods, Whole Foods has evolved from a mom and pop shop in Austin, Texas in 1980 to one of the world’s most recognized international grocery chains. With new locations sprouting up daily, 11 stores across the Midwest and Canada from Ottowa to St. Louis and Chicago have already implemented tin ceiling tiles as part of their updated design aesthetic that celebrates seasonal, local, regional foods. Each store has it’s own unique look and feel to tell the story of the products at that location, laid out to match the size, age, and style of the building and community. With many new projects in the works, we look forward to growing with them.

We caught up with Midwest Senior Interior Design & Branding Coordinator, Christine Sturch, to see why she was so crazy about tin.

Which stores have tin?
11 so far in the Midwest and Canada.

  • Markham, ON
  • Edina, MN
  • Park Ridge, IL
  • Lincoln Park, IL
  • Ottawa, ON
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Rochester Hills, MI
  • Younge & Sheppard, IL
  • Minneapolis, MN

Is it in the same place in every layout?
No it varies by department by location, it can be used anywhere from customer Service to floral, bakery, coffee, juice, prepared foods…

Why did you choose tin? What patterns/colors do you have?
It feels authentic, elemental, and most importantly is a washable/cleanable surface for food prep areas as being sanitary is a big concern. There are different colors and patterns in every store.

Did you consider any other materials?
We use wood, metal, and various other resins for the same application in different stores depending on the local aesthetic.

How did you find out about the American Tin Ceiling Company?
A design firm researched online for us.

Which type of installation do you have?
Both Snaplock and Nailup, depending on the building structure. Both are easy to implement via general contractors.

Any future projects in the works for tin?
We’ve spec’d tin for 18 new stores in next two years and will definitely be using it in at least 25-50% mostly in Ontario and Missouri. Your selection, colors, and customer service are why we continue to recommend you over other tin ceiling companies.

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