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  1. Kelly
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    What wasn’t reported here was that Whole Foods only opened the stores in Detroit and Englewood following government handouts. Specifically, Detroit and the State of Michigan gave $5.8 million to Whole Foods. Chicago gave $10.7 million. The talk failed to explain why Whole Foods would not open the stores on its own and demanded government to hand over millions of dollars for the privilege. It is not a big risk to enter economically struggling communities when government is paying the tab. Each store is about 22,000 square feet, which is at least half of the size of a typical Whole Foods store. when it is mentioned that the Detroit store has outgrown its space, the small store size should be taken into consideration.

    1. tom
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      Kelly your honesty is refreshing. Whole foods announced the opening of a 365 store in the Chicago suburb of Evergreen Park. Evergreen Park’s income demographics when compared to Chicago’s Englewood market is apples to oranges yet the 365 store will have a higher price point than the higher end Whole Foods concept. Reverse the scenario and I’m sure Sharpton, Jackson and Pfleger would bet their way. Tom Stepanek

  2. Tim Magner
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    If you’re seeking nutrient dense food, Whole Foods may be a better option than one of the few other options we have, i.e. 3 companies sell well more than 50%+ of the nations groceries.
    But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, i.e. it’s sheer size means it’s not ‘economical’ for them to buy from the best designed farms, and it’s a multibillion dollar corporate entity so it’s profits flow away from the community and to the top.
    So what else is there?
    A better model is Food Cooperatives. The Dill Pickle in Logan Square is thriving and there are six more in the works, e.g. The Sugar Beet in Oak Park opens this spring. And that’s on the way towards worker-owned food cooperatives. If you’re interested in a sustainable model, check out Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco.

    1. bob.benenson@gmail.com
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      Tim — Your comment is very relevant. Good Food on Every Table will be publishing an article very soon about the growing food co-op movement in Chicago. Bob Benenson

  3. Meriel Cromarty
    Meriel Cromarty at | | Reply

    Hello, Would like to do a food accelerator project here in Ontario Canada. South Western Ontario and local counties produce an abundance of fresh produce. I am coordinating the AG-Ambitions Program and looking to change up the program for fall-winter 2015/2016.

    Who would be a good contact with Whole Foods in Ontario Canada for that conversation?

    Kind Regards,

    Meriel Cromarty
    AG-Ambitions.ca
    519-282-5031

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