New, larger store expected to open in late 2016 or early 2017
CHICAGO, 2015-11-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, confirmed today that the current 39,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market location at 151 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, Illinois, will be relocating to a new 55,000-square-foot location at the intersection of Naperville and Butterfield Road at 91 Danada Square East.
“We opened our Wheaton store in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, and we’ve been proud to serve the Wheaton community for so many years,” says Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. “When the opportunity arose to move to a larger location, we couldn’t resist. After so many years in the smaller location, we felt it was the perfect time to expand and offer our shoppers a brighter, warmer store with more space to gather and meet. Now we’ll have an increased area to create new venues and offer additional products and services that will excite both new and long-term shoppers.”
The new location, expected to open late 2016 or early 2017, is expected to have features similar to those found in other recently opened Chicagoland Whole Foods Market stores. Possibilities include a beer and wine bar; expanded prepared food offerings; juice and coffee bars; and meats, fresh seafood and cheeses all smoked in-house. At the time of opening, the new Wheaton Whole Foods Market will be the eighth Whole Foods Market opened inside of a former Dominick’s location. Previous locations include stores in the Streeterville, Lincoln Park, West Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago along with locations in the cities of Evanston, Elmhurst and Willowbrook, Illinois. Whole Foods Market plans to open two other Chicagoland locations in 2016 in the Hyde Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago.
President – Midwest Region
Michael Bashaw’s career with Whole Foods Market started 20 years ago as a Bread and Circus Team Member in the North Atlantic Region.