Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire LPs are also sharing shelf space with the chain's organic food and drinks products

Upmarket supermarket chain Whole Foods Market has started selling vinyl LPs alongside its organic food and drink products.

Five of the chain’s branches, all located in California, introduced a “carefully curated selection of vinyl records” earlier this month (August). At present, the stores are stocking an eclectic range of albums by artists including The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Tegan and Sara, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Emeli Sandé, Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra.

“This launch isn’t just about stocking our shelves with something new and different – it’s about listening to our shoppers and giving them access to the things they want – whether it’s their favourite cheese or their favourite way to enjoy music,” the company’s regional executive co-ordinator Mike Bowen said in a press statement.

Whole Foods Market, which was founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, now has over 350 branches included seven UK outlets located in Glasgow, Cheltenham and London’s Camden, Kensington High Street, Piccadilly Circus, Clapham Junction and Stoke Newington.

In April, it was announced that UK vinyl sales saw a 78 per cent increase in the first quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, a vinyl-only public library has recently opened in London’s Stoke Newington.