New Whole Foods Market now open, followed by Brookside 51 apartments

There are new additions to the UMKC community this semester: a Whole Foods Market and the Brookside 51 apartments located at 51st and Oak.


The supermarket opened in May, making it the first Whole Foods in Kansas City. The market is located on the first floor of the building underneath the apartments.


“It is very bright and open,” said UMKC senior, Marley Rogers. “The cashiers are always very friendly and helpful.”

Whole Foods offers a fresh bakery, a pizza deck, a ceviche and poke bar, ethnic food hot bars, and more.

Rogers said it is home to tasty vegan options, which is why she will use the market for quick meals during her busy school schedule. She loves how close it is to campus, and how it gives students different food options other than what is offered on campus.


“Definitely just check it out, and try some stuff you can’t get at other places,” said Rogers.

Whole Foods is a grocery store full of local products, but also has a fresh bakery, a pizza deck, a ceviche and poke bar, and ethnic hot food bars.


There is also a juice bar, a walk-up coffee bar, and a full-service bar, the Fountain Room, that offers happy hour deals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. They have a foosball table and are looking to get a shuffleboard, according to the store team leader, Roy Mahan.


Brookside 51 residents will only be an elevator ride away.


Construction on the apartments is wrapping up, and residents will move in in September. The complex has six floors and 170 units. Only 41 units have been filled so far, according to the Brookside 51 leasing professional, Paula Ehrhardt.


The cost for their smallest studio is $1252 a month, and the largest unit is a two-bedroom apartment for $3238 a month.


The cost of living on campus is $3511 per semester, which is $702 a month for approximately a 167 square foot, four-person suite. The cost of living in a 598 square foot, A4 studio at Brookside 51 with a washer and dryer, bathroom, kitchen, and balcony is $1408. With a roommate, the cost of the studio would be $704, similar to the cost of living on campus.


Ehrhardt said they are the first in the community to use Dwelo Smart Apartment Technology. This technology helps control the thermostat, lights and locks from anywhere through the click of an app.


There are amenities like a club room, massage room, fitness center, an amenity deck, which holds fire pits, an outdoor kitchen and bar area, a water lounge and a large projector hanging from the parking garage.


Erhhardt said her and her team are thinking of ways to get the residents more involved with activities like “wine and paint” or a possible trip to see a Royals game.


“Community is a big deal for us here,” said Ehrhardt, and it also is to Whole Foods. Mahan says it is an honor to serve every customer and welcomes them with open arms.


“I want to ensure my door is always open,” said Mahan, who has worked there for 12 years. “We strive for an environment that is educational, exhilarating, and fun.”


Mahan said this is just the beginning, and she is really excited that Whole Foods is in UMKC’s backyard.


The market does not offer discounts to students, but Mahan is looking for more ways to engage with the campus, including the possibility of paying with Roobucks and hosting events for students.

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