FAIRFIELD - Whole Foods opened up its fifth grocery store in southwestern Connecticut today. More than 300 people were at the new Fairfield store, located off of Grasmere Avenue, before the doors even opened.

As the day went on, it is estimated that thousands of people celebrated the opening by shopping for groceries. A police officer was on hand to help direct traffic through the parking lot.

One of the big hits of the day was the Cooking Fairfield station, the first of its kind in the Northeast, located at the front of the store. The station allows customers to interact with a chef for free. Cooking demonstrations also take place throughout the day.

Whole Foods officials have said that 5 percent of all sales are going to Wholesome Wave, a not-for-profit group based in Bridgeport that helps thousands of families in Connecticut get access to healthy and fresh foods.