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Fri March 1, 2013
Whole Foods will open in Detroit this June
Whole Foods announced today the store will open on June 5th in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood and will employ 75 people.
The store will be on the corner of John R and Mack, right off of Woodward Avenue.
The Associated Press reports details about job openings will be posted online April 2nd.
In the meantime, Whole Foods is holding informational meetings about jobs on March 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Parts of Detroit have been described as "food deserts," where access to healthy food can be a major problem. Whole Foods hopes to fill that void in Midtown.
The Austin, TX based chain received millions in tax breaks to build the store.
Some have questioned whether this is fair to other grocery stores operating in Detroit.
When it was announced that a Whole Foods would open in Detroit in 2011, Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra spoke with the competition:
Kim Smith lives in Detroit. Last year she opened Kim’s Produce, just a couple blocks over from where her competition will soon set up shop. As a resident of Detroit, she’s excited about Whole Foods coming to town:
"I mean that’s the question on everybody’s mind: When they move to Detroit, where am I gonna shop? So I think it is a really good thing for Detroit."
As for what Whole Foods will mean for her business?
"I don’t know. I really don’t know if we can really compete."