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Whole Foods comes to Detroit

Visitors can have a beer, shop, get healthy "stuff" all in one place

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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:17 pm

The world’s largest natural and organic market chain is expected to open in Midtown, Detroit on June 5, at 9 a.m.

According to wholefoods.com, the Whole Foods Market Detroit location is located at John R and Mack. This location will be 21,000 square feet with a second-level mezzanine. This will be Michigan’s fifth store. The other locations are in Troy, Rochester Hills and two stores in Ann Arbor.

Whole Foods Market is a supermarket chain that is based out of Austin, Texas.  Each store carries natural and organic products and interacts a great deal with the community. Whole Foods Market offers workshops such as “Weightloss with Dr. Shannon Roznay,” coming to the Ann Arbor location and “Vegmi presents: Vegan 101,” coming to Rochester Hills.

“I don’t know how the Detroit location will do, but I am a fan of this one. It might take some time to realize it’s not just another grocery store,” Jennifer Humphreys, an avid shopper of the Ann Arbor location, said.

“Sounds like it’d be interesting to some people, but not me,” Sherelle Cameron of Detroit said.

Although Cameron may not be interested in workshops that Whole Foods has to offer she did express the fact that it would be nice to have a “bigger store I can walk to.”

Wayne State University students have a little more interest in the chain. Around campus the nicknamed “Whole Paycheck Market” is known to be a little pricey. “It’s good for those who can afford it. I think students would probably go there,” Kaylie Schneider, a WSU student who lives on campus in Atchison Hall, said.

Students can possibly relate to this supermarket chain more than other Detroiters because of Whole Foods' social media involvement. Whole Foods is active in blogging and on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Students will also have employment opportunities when the chain opens.

The Whole Foods Market Detroit is expected to hire 60-80 people beginning April 2, according to wholefoods.com. Anyone interested in applying for these jobs can do so online. Whole Foods Market also takes pride in its partnerships with local organizations. Some of the local organizations that the Detroit location will feature are Avalon baked goods, McClure’s pickles, Garden Fresh Salsa and Good People Popcorn.

Local producers can go to the wholefoods.com and take the steps to ensure that the quality of their product meets the “Quality Standards” of Whole Foods to have a possible partnership with this company.

Although the Whole Foods Market at any location will not be for everyone, there are many things that this supermarket chain has to offer and people are anticipating it.  Tiffanie Dyer recently moved to Detroit, and said she used to go to the Troy location as often as she could.

 “It’s not every place you can have a beer, shop and get healthy crap all in one place,” Dyer said. “ I can’t wait.” 

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