Whole Foods Market opens new distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side

Centrally located hub improves distribution in a new, larger facility

CHICAGO, IL, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today joins Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to open a new 140,000 square foot distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. The new distribution center allows the natural and organic grocer to better serve its 26 Chicagoland locations as well as an additional 34 locations across the Midwest and Eastern Canada.

“The Pullman neighborhood is an ideal location for our new distribution center. The proximity to major transportation and other business needs will help us to better serve our customers and support our stores in the Midwest and Ontario,” said Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional President, Michael Bashaw. “We are now closer to the majority of our stores, shortening delivery time, and, in the long term, we have plenty of additional space for expansion to support growth.”

Sitting on 16.5 acres in the historic Pullman neighborhood, the new distribution center features a fresh salad bar, outdoor grilling space and patio, and an equipped exercise room for Team Members to enjoy. The facility employs 100 Team Members, who moved from the company’s previous 5-acre facility in Munster, Indiana.

The newly-designed facility also features environmental improvements. Approximately 20 percent more electrically efficient, the new Whole Foods Market distribution center saves more than 1.3 million kilowatts per year and more than $150,000 annually due to measures such as natural refrigerants, occupancy light sensors, high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting, thermosiphon oil cooling, and redistribution of refrigeration waste to heat floors.

With increased access to major transportation arteries, the new distribution center allows Whole Foods Market stores to replenish products faster, ensuring shoppers’ favorite foods are always available. The facility is expected to move an average of 200,000 cases each week to Whole Foods Market locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

“Whole Foods’ decision to move its Midwest distribution center to Chicago is a vote of confidence in the city and another sign of the economic renaissance underway in the historic Pullman community,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The new distribution center, coming on the heels of new Whole Foods Markets in Englewood and Hyde Park, is bringing more investment and opportunity to Chicago communities.”

Originally one of the sites for the production and assembly of Pullman Railway Cars in the late 1800s, the Whole Foods Market distribution center joins two of its trusted suppliers, Method and Gotham Greens, in the dynamically changing neighborhood. In 2015, the U.S. Park Service designated the community as a National Monument for its historic affiliation with industry, land use planning, and workers’ rights.

“The community has a strong dedication to its rich history, yet has a forward-thinking vision for its future. We’re incredibly proud to be part of the revitalization happening in Pullman,” adds Bashaw.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market to open its first store in East Lansing on April 13, 2016

New location includes in-house made sausages, in-house smoked bacon, coffee bar and taproom 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Apr-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, opens its first store in East Lansing Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The new 44,853 square-foot store at 2750 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing, Michigan will celebrate the grand opening with music, food and many more surprises for all who attend.

“We are so thrilled to join the East Lansing community, and hope everyone can make it out to celebrate the very first Whole Foods Market in East Lansing with us,” says Sarah Tack, Whole Foods Market East Lansing Store Team Leader. “We have a fantastic store full of the best tasting natural and organic foods ranging from every day grocery staples to chef-driven prepared food offerings that we believe everyone will love.”

The new Whole Foods Market features a variety of new prepared foods and beverage venues as well as classic Whole Foods Market options for shoppers to choose from including:

  • Green State Bar and Grill – with 16 taps of rotating local and hard to find beers
  • Kitchen Express- featuring burgers, hot sandwiches and breakfast options
  • Gelato station – featuring 12 made fresh in-house gelato, sorbets and frozen Greek yogurt flavors
  • Coffee Bar – offering light, medium and dark roasted coffees, espresso drinks and blended beverages, and smoothies
  • Other exiting features- self-serve Neapolitan-style pizza; salad, soup and hot bar, sushi and an olive bar

With a large variety of custom-cut meats, organic and local produce, and pantry staples, Whole Foods Market East Lansing is the go-to grocer for every level of food explorers. Highlights include:

  • Over 150 organic produce offerings and, in peak season, around 20 Michigan-grown choices
  • Over 140 back-to-basics bulk pantry staples, more than 40 bulk spices and three grind-your-own nut butters
  • More than 7,000 natural and organic grocery staples
  • Fifteen varieties of cakes and tarts, plus an assortment of individual desserts
  • Over a dozen in-house made sausages
  • Twelve varieties of bread daily
  • A thousand-plus wines and hundreds of cheeses
  • In-house smoked bacon and seafood options
  • Café seating for over 75 indoor and more than 35 outdoors

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and East Lansing neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Promotional Card with a mystery value between $5 and $500 with one lucky customer winning the $500 amount.

Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibit artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company. These commitments include:

  • Produce: Responsibly grown produce is chosen by expert buyers and rated based off organic certification, farming practices that impact the environment and human heath.
  • Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program.
  • Seafood: The Seafood Department has the highest Quality Standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
  • Prepared Foods: The Prepared Foods Department’s grab-and-go meals and diverse food venues are all made with high quality natural and organic ingredients available throughout the store, from 5-Step rated meat to organic produce.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the brick and mortar of the store.

“At Whole Foods Market, we are committed to serving communities holistically, working with local organizations long before opening day, and building meaningful long-term relationships,” adds Tack.

Whole Foods Market’s new store in East Lansing will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where 1 percent of each day’s sales will be donated to an East Lansing-based organization including:

  • Wednesday, April 13 – Women Working Wonders
  • Thursday, April 14 – The Junior League of Lansing
  • Friday, April 15 – Gateway Youth Services
  • Saturday, April 16 – Clean Water Action of Michigan
  • Sunday, April 17 – REACH Studio Art Center

Another way Whole Foods Market will support the East Lansing community is through its One Dime at a Time program which provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their purchase or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market East Lansing’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Greater Lansing Food Bank.

This is the first location in East Lansing, Michigan; Whole Foods Market has four other Michigan stores in the Detroit metro including Rochester Hills at 2918 Walton Boulevard; West Bloomfield at 7350 Orchard Lake Road; Troy at 2880 West Maple Road; Detroit at 115 Mack Avenue and two locations in Ann Arbor, 990 Eisenhower Parkway and 3135 Washtenaw Avenue.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw

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.

Whole Foods Market St. Paul to relocate at 1575 Selby Avenue on March 16

Grand Opening Celebration Planned for St. Paul Community

St Paul, MN, 2016-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market St. Paul invites the St. Paul community to come out Wednesday, March 16 and celebrate the Grand Opening of the new 45,231 square-foot location, 1575 Selby Avenue. The much-anticipated store will provide St. Paul shoppers with a new, larger store just down the street from the previous location.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and St. Paul neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50, with one customer receiving a $500 gift card.

The original Whole Foods Market St. Paul at 30 Fairview Avenue South will close permanently Tuesday, March 15.

Michael Bashaw
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.

Whole Foods Market opens its new 47,563 square foot store in Wauwatosa on February 24, 2016

New Store Marks 2nd Whole Foods Market in Milwaukee Area

Wauwatosa, WI, 2016-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, opens its new 47,563 square foot store located at 11100 W. Burleigh Street in Wauwatosa, Wednesday, February 24, 2016. The much-anticipated store will provide residents in and around the Wauwatosa community with fresh, high quality foods in a convenient and contemporary setting.

“At Whole Foods Market, we have a deep passion for fresh, flavorful natural and organic foods and we are elated to open a store for the Wauwatosa and surrounding communities,” says Whole Foods Market Wauwatosa Store Team Leader, Ted Beres, “Whether looking for high-quality meats and poultry or everyday pantry staples, residents from the health conscious to devoted food enthusiasts will find what they’re looking for. We strongly believe that food in its purest state – free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, colorings and trans fat – is the best tasting and most nutritious food available.”

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Wauwatosa neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begin at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors will receive a Whole Foods Market Gift Card with a mystery value between $5 and $50. One customer will receive a $500 gift card.

The Whole Foods Market experience is about the joy of eating and living well in good health. Whole Foods Market invites shoppers to touch, taste, and experiment with a wide variety of natural and organic foods free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. Much more than a grocery store, Whole Foods Market is a community partner, a trusted resource for nutrition and health and a community-gathering place.

On the Shelves and In the Aisles
Featuring restaurant-quality prepared foods and the convenience of one-stop shopping, the store features a number of unique and enticing elements chosen specifically with the Wauwatosa community in mind. Highlights include:
·       5-Step Rated Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program, providing shoppers with a new level of transparency about how farm animals are raised.
·       Seafood from Sustainable Sources: The seafood counter has the highest quality standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
·       Salad and Hot Bars: The Wauwatosa and surrounding communities will love the freshly prepared salads, build-your-own salad fixings and hot entrees available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
·       Panini and Pizza Venues: Customers can choose from a variety of delicious pizza and panini sandwiches for quick lunch or dinner options.
·       Health Starts Here™ Program: This store will provide tools and education to help shoppers make healthier choices, including an assortment of specially crafted Health Starts Here dishes on the hot and cold food bars.
·       Bulk Department: Back-to-basics pantry items for all of the Wauwatosa and surrounding communities’ cooking needs.
·       Scratch Bakery: Shoppers will enjoy a wide variety of freshly baked pastries including croissants, muffins, cookies, soft pretzels and more.

Also featured at this location:
·       More than 200 varieties of seasonal, organic and local produce, with a variety of hard-to-find items.
·       More than 200 varieties of natural, organic and local cheeses.
·       More than 50 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish, all harvested using sustainable practices.
·       A large variety of custom-cut meats from in-house butchers.
·       A robust and exciting selection of olives, artisanal butters and cheeses.
·       A vast array of vegetarian and vegan choices.
·       A large selection of luxurious natural body care items and cosmetics including bulk soaps.
·       Advanced nutritional supplements and vitamins made of only natural ingredients.
·       A beautiful selection of Whole Trade Guarantee fresh-cut flowers and plants.
·       Essential grocery staples, including Whole Foods Market’s own 365 Everyday Value® signature line of products offering the same high standards for taste and quality at everyday low prices.

Whole Foods Market currently has two locations in Wisconsin: 2305 N. Prospect Ave in Milwaukee, and 3313 University Ave in Madison.

Whole Foods Market is hiring approximately 120 Team Members for this new location.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw

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.

Whole Foods Market store at 151 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton Ill. will be relocated to a larger location at 91 Danada Square East

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.

EXPERTS

Michael Bashaw

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.

Whole Foods Market’s new Evanston Store to feature an exclusive beer brewed by local Sketchbook Brewing Company

Sketchbook Brewing Company Creates Exclusive Beer for New Evanston Store

Evanston, Illinois, 2015-7-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road, opening July 29 in Evanston, Illinois, will feature an exclusive beer brewed by an up-and-coming Sketchbook Brewing Company located in Evanston. Made from organic malts and hops locally sourced from farms in Wisconsin and Michigan, the B.I.O. Pale Ale will be the first collaborative brew between Whole Foods Market and Sketchbook Brewing.

“This collaboration allows us to combine two things we love: beer and supporting local businesses. We can’t wait to share this exclusive brew from Sketchbook Brewing with friends and neighbors, ” says Mike Kilgore, Whole Foods Market Midwest’s Associate Coordinator for store bar venues. “We’ve partnered with local brewers for the last six stores we’ve opened in the Chicago area and are always excited to see what new beers the brew masters create.”

For all seven new Whole Foods Market stores in the Chicagoland area, Kilgore collaborated with Chicago’s Begyle Brewing Company to create exclusive beers for those store’s bar venues. With this success, Kilgore began looking for other breweries for future stores.

“We have 20 drafts on tap at the new Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road and we wanted to offer our Evanston shoppers access to one of the great beers coming out of their hometown,” says Kilgore.

The new location will carry other brews from Sketchbook Brewing; however, the custom brew will only be offered at the Evanston Green Bay Road location, eventually expanding into other Whole Foods Market locations in Chicago.

Whole Foods Market bars, featuring local beers on tap, are becoming a favorite watering hole for customers. Kilgore and his team seek to provide quality beers through partnerships with local breweries.

“Creating a special beer for each of the six new Whole Foods Market stores has been a fun challenge for us,” says Brendan Blume, co-owner of Begyle Brewing Company. “We got to play around with our pale ale recipe and try different techniques to create unique flavors for each of the stores. This partnership has expanded our footprint, providing us access to a new audience to try out custom blends and given us a steady income that is so important to a new business. We couldn’t think of a better partner and are exited to share the new and creative brews coming out of Begyle Brewing with the Whole Foods Market community.”

In addition to collaborating with Sketchbook Brewing and Begyle Brewing, Kilgore and his team have partnered with Temperance Beer Company and FEW Spirits, both based in Evanston, since they began distribution. They are also working with Revolution Brewery to create beers from barrel-aged whiskey and sour cherries from Michigan.

Whole Foods Market Green Bay Road opens Wednesday, July 29. A grand opening ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m., doors open for shopping at 9 a.m.

Experts:

Michael Bashaw

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.

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Whole Foods Market to relocate its Troy store to a new 46,000-square-foot location in the East Maple Road in Birmingham

New store scheduled to open in 2017

TROY, MI, 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, confirmed today that its 23,300-square-foot Troy store, at 2880 West Maple Road, will be relocating down the street to a new 46,000-square-foot location in the 2100 block of East Maple Road in Birmingham. The company anticipates that the relocated store will open in late 2017.

“Whole Foods Market has been serving the Troy and Birmingham communities for many years in a relatively small store. During that time we’ve been very grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the community,” said Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. “Now we have the opportunity to improve our service to our customers with a larger store with a much larger selection.”

In 1997, Whole Foods Market acquired six Merchant of Vino stores, including the Troy location, in Greater Detroit. The Troy store opened Dec. 29, 1997, under the Whole Foods Market banner. The company has five other Michigan stores, including Rochester Hills, at 2918 Walton Boulevard, West Bloomfield, at 7350 Orchard Lake Road, Detroit, at 115 Mack Avenue, and two locations in Ann Arbor, 990 Eisenhower Parkway, and 3135 Washtenaw Avenue. The company will open its newest Michigan location in East Lansing, at 2778 East Grand River Avenue, in 2016.

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Whole Foods Market now with 20 locations in the Chicago market

First of seven stores to open for business in Chicago area

Chicago, IL, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first of seven new Chicagoland Whole Foods Market® (Nasdaq: WFM) stores planned for 2015 opens its doors to the Streeterville neighborhood on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. This new store marks Whole Foods Market’s 20th location in the Chicago market.

“Whole Foods Market loves Chicago and we know that the community has been hungry for this store to open for some time,” said Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. “We took the time to design and build a brand new store for this community that would offer not be just a full-service grocery store, but a place to meet friends and share each others company.  After the community comes to know this store, I believe they’ll feel the wait was worth it!”

Whole Foods Market Streeterville features a variety of new prepared foods and beverage venues as well as classic Whole Foods Market options for shoppers to choose from. These venues include:

• Chicago RAW: Special venue filled with products from Chicago’s own local raw and vegan foods restaurant Chicago RAW.  This new venue will offer a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options for our shoppers who follow raw and vegan diets.
• Red Star Bar: Rotating tap of 12 draft beers including an exclusive Streeterville Pale Ale brewed by Begyle Brewing just for this store.
• Coffee bar by day, wine bar by night: customers can stop in for a cup of espresso from the La Marzocco espresso machine to get their day going in the morning and return after work for a nice glass of wine to wind down the day.
• Focaccia: The Bakery Department will have a rotating menu of classic and seasonal varieties of breakfast, lunch and dinner options for shoppers.
• A newly designed Whole Body Department: An Apothecary setting that includes a self-sufficient vertical garden. A first for Chicago Whole Foods Market locations, this new concept includes cosmetics, DIY ideas, face care, and active living support.
• Traditional favorites include fresh made sushi, oven-fired pizza, gelato station, juice bar, sandwich bar, hot bar, salad bar and ramen station.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Alderman Brendan Reilly, Whole Foods Market Team Members and Streeterville neighbors at 8:45 AM, followed by food samples, entertainment, and gift cards for the first 500 customers.  Doors officially open at 9:00 AM.

Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards for food prohibits artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Products on the shelves are evaluated on ingredients, but also ideology, philosophy, proper labeling, and careful evaluation as part of a commitment made to customers to build a business with high standards that flow through all aspects of the company.

Shoppers will be delighted by the bright, colorful and delicious responsibly grown produce. Whole Foods Market’s recently launched Responsibly Grown produce rating system uses well-regarded scientific input to rate produce and flowers as “Good,” “Better” or “Best” by assessing growing practices that impact human health and the environment. This new system continues Whole Foods Market’s commitment to providing healthy, fresh food without the expense to nature.

This level of commitment and transparency extends into other departments as well.
• Meat: All beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the Meat Department comes from farms that have achieved certification in the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-StepTM Animal Welfare Rating Program.
• Seafood: Our seafood counter has the highest quality standards for seafood in the business by working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, ensuring customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood.
• Prepared Foods: With grab-and-go meals made with natural and organic ingredients, these high standards continue in the Prepared Foods Department including each of the ready to eat food venues.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the brick and mortar of the store. “Whole Foods Market is committed to the local communities in which we serve. We’ve worked with local organizations long before we open our doors and look forward to continuing supporting the community through the coming years,” adds Bashaw.

Whole Foods Market’s Streeterville store will also empower Team Members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” where one percent of each day’s net sales will go toward a Chicago-based organization including Lookingglass Theater, Greater Chicago Foods Bank Depository, Chicago Parks Foundation, Active Transportation Alliance, and Best Buddies.

Whole Foods Market’s One Dime at a Time program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own bags for shopping and helps develop stronger communities.  At the register, customers will have the option to receive a 10-cent per bag refund as cash back off their receipt or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Streeterville’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.

Whole Foods will open additional locations near DePaul University, in the West Loop and Edgewater and the Chicago suburbs of Evanston, Willowbrook and Elmhurst later this year. Additionally, Whole Foods Market expects to open two more Illinois locations by the end of 2016 including stores in the Englewood and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Chicago.

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Whole Foods Market now with 20 locations in the Chicago market

Whole Foods Market now with 20 locations in the Chicago market

Whole Foods Market to open Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater stores in Chicago by May

Streeterville, DePaul, West Loop and Edgewater locations the first of seven by year-end

Chicago, 2015-1-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market plans to open four stores in the city of Chicago, with the first in Streeterville on Jan. 28, followed closely by stores in Lincoln Park near DePaul University (February 25), the West Loop (March 25) and Edgewater (April 29).

“Whole Foods Market loves Chicago, and we know that the community has been hungry for these stores to reopen for some time,” said Michael Bashaw, president of Whole Foods Market’s Midwest Region. “We took the time to design and build a brand new store for each community that would offer not just a full-service grocery, but also a place to meet friends and share each other’s company. After the communities come to know these stores, I believe they’ll feel the wait was worth it!”

The Streeterville store is the first former Dominick’s location to open as a Whole Foods Market. It will feature a variety of new prepared foods and beverage venues as well as classic Whole Foods Market options. These features include an in-store venue with products from Chicago’s own local raw and vegan foods restaurant RAW, a 12-tap barroom, a coffee bar and wine room, a Ramen station and an apothecary-style Whole Body department.

On opening day, Whole Foods Market will host a bread-breaking ceremony with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Streeterville neighbors at 8:45 a.m., followed by food samples, entertainment, and gift cards for the first 500 customers.  Doors will open at 9a.m. Whole Foods Market officials will be available for interviews for 20 minutes after the bread-breaking ceremony.

Whole Foods Market’s dedication to quality and service extends beyond the brick and mortar of the store.

“Whole Foods Market is committed to the local communities that we serve,” Bashaw said. “We’ve worked with local organizations long before we open our doors and look forward to continuing supporting the community through the coming years.”

Whole Foods Market’s Streeterville store will also empower team members and customers to support local causes. In celebration of opening week, the store will hold five “Days of Community Giving,” in which 1 percent of each day’s net sales will go toward Chicago-based organizations, including Lookingglass Theatre, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago Parks Foundation, Active Transportation Alliance, and Best Buddies.

Whole Foods Market’s One Dime at a Time program provides an incentive to customers who bring their own shopping bags and help develop stronger communities through a small donation.  At the register, shoppers will have the option to receive a 10-cent-per-bag refund as cash back off their receipt, or to donate it to that month’s selected charity organization. Whole Foods Market Streeterville’s first One Dime at a Time recipient will be Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.

Later in 2015, Whole Foods will open suburban locations in Evanston, Willowbrook and Elmhurst, Illinois. Additionally, Whole Foods Market expects to open two more Chicago stores —in the Englewood and Hyde Park neighborhoods— by the end of 2016..
STORES AT A GLANCE

DEPAUL
Square feet: Over 29,000
Open: Feb. 25, 2015
Address: 959 West Fullerton
Highlights:
• Neapolitan style pizza
• Cuban inspired taqueria
• Sandwich bar
• Hot bar and salad Bar
• Walk-up window for coffee

WEST LOOP
Square feet: Over 42,000
Open: March 25, 2015
Address: 1 North Halsted
Highlights:
• Made-to-order individual pizzas
• In-house pita bread station
• Local Baklava from Atopolis in bakery
• Mediterranean fare-chick shwarma and fresh falafel
• Red Star Bar – 24 taps on draft with a large whiskey selection

EDGEWATER
Square feet: Over 54,000
Open: April 29, 2015
Address: 6009 North Broadway
Highlights:
• Wood-fired grill
• Ramen station
• Naan and pita bread station- made in house
• Scratch bakery
• Cut-to-order pasta station with fresh specialty cheese
• Red Star Bar
• Wine bar
• Pickle bar

HIRING INFORMATION
Team members: Hiring 100 to 150 team members for each new location.