The original Kentfield Woodlands Market in 1990, before its remodel.
For those who live, work, and recreate in Marin County, most would agree that it is one of the most diverse, idyllic, and visually spectacular places to be in California, if not the world.
In 1986, Marin native Don Santa, his parents and three sisters returned to their family’s roots in the grocery business by opening a charming, family-run market in Kentfield, located in the beautiful Ross Valley area. The Santa Family’s mission was to provide its customers with high-quality products, top-notch service and a level of care and interest normally exclusive between members of family. This tradition carries on, and over the years, Woodlands Market has also been recognized locally and nationally for being an industry innovator by focusing on natural and sustainable products, supporting local suppliers, and by keeping its steadfast commitment and involvement with surrounding communities alive.
To its customers, Woodlands has always been a community meeting place, a place to make food discoveries and one to receive service not offered by other grocery store chains. Woodlands Market customers also understand the value of Woodlands’ contributions to local non-profit organizations, particularly those supporting education and schools—a portion of its revenues that grocery stores traditionally spend on advertising.
Woodlands Market is as much a product of Marin as the morning fog that gently rolls down the sides of Mt. Tam. That its sense of gratitude toward Marin is not unrequited gives Woodlands employees and owners a deep sense of fulfillment, pleasure and an obligation it will never betray.
Since opening its first store, Woodlands has humbly grown to Woodlands Stores, Inc., expanding to include Woodlands Cafe, Woodlands Foundation (supporting schools and education), an additional Woodlands full-service market at the Boardwalk shopping center in Tiburon and San Francisco Store in the Lumina Tower which includes Woodlands Pet Shop.