The third location for Whole Foods Market (finally) opened in the South Hills, across from South Hills Village, and the good news is: it was worth the long wait.

Wine by the aisle. Photo by Jennifer Baron.

Wine by the aisle. Photo by Jennifer Baron.

The 40,000 square-foot store packs in everything you would expect from Whole Foods and more. Tucked in the corner, the 1788 Pub serves lunch and dinner along with signature cocktails, wine by the glass and  24 beers on tap. The menu includes everything from oysters on the half shell and seafood salsa to New York Strip and fried catfish.

The Upper St. Clair Whole Foods location also features a café with an outdoor patio to enjoy prepared food options such as self-serve wood-fired pizza, along with an extensive organic salad bar.

In addition, there’s freshly made gourmet coffee and juice at the inviting coffee, tea and juice bar.

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Photo by Jennifer Baron.

More than 40 local products will be sold in the store, including Goat Rodeo cheese, three-plant edible herb mixes from the Drew Mathieson Center, Leaf & Twig teas, cool apparel by Garbella and M & R granola.

Also featured is a wide selection of craft beer, with one-off batches such as Hopslam Ale by Bell’s (going fast!), and several aisles of fine wine.

The pub at Whole Foods in South Hills. Photo by Jenifer Baron.

The pub at Whole Foods in South Hills. Photo by Jenifer Baron.

Every item on the shelves is free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, colors and hydrogenated fats, reminds Casey Dill, store team leader, since all products sold and prepared by Whole Foods Market must meet the Quality Standards of the Austin-based food retailer.

In addition to the fresh, organic produce, meat, seafood and other departments, there is also a Whole Body department featuring cards, prints, bags and baby clothes.

The store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 111 Siena Rd. in Upper St. Clair. Look for more news about the Siena at St. Clair development as The Porch and other restaurants and retail are planned to go into the new complex. Whole

This Whole Foods storie is the first in the South Hills; the other two Whole Foods locations in Pittsburgh are in Wexford and East Liberty.