Whole Foods Market plans to close its Englewood store after opening the grocery store to great fanfare just six years ago.
The Englewood store along with another in the DePaul University Visitor Center in Lincoln Park are among six stores the grocery chain plans to close nationwide. The company did not specify closing dates, saying stores will close in the coming months.
“As we continue to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we regularly assess the performance and growth potential of each of our stores, and have made the difficult decision to close six stores. We are supporting affected team members through this transition and expect all interested and eligible team members to find positions at our other locations,” a Whole spokesperson said Friday. Foods.
Shoppers at Englewood Market were shocked to learn of the store’s closure on Friday.
Phillip Backstrol was delighted when the store opened six years ago. The 65-year-old prefers to shop at Whole Foods for the variety of organic vegetables.
“I thought it was awesome,” Backstrol said.
Now Backstrol will need to travel downtown to find these vegetables.
Local alde. Stephanie Coleman (16th) could not be reached for comment.
Aldus. Jeanette Taylor (20th) said she was “sad” but not at all surprised that the store known as “Whole Paycheck” is closing.
Taylor represents a south side neighborhood that includes Englewood with a border across from the Whole Foods store.
“The community needs a grocery store. Whole Foods was just expensive. And a lot of people didn’t shop there. So I understand it. But it should have been a community request” to reduce store prices, Taylor said.
“It’s sad. But hopefully we’ll do one of two things: That we convince another grocer to come. Or we have our own house grocer. We have to do something, though. We can’t wasting that TIF money. And the community needs a grocery store.
With relentless pressure from then-mayor Rahm Emanuel, Whole Foods agreed to open the Englewood store amid concerns about whether residents of the impoverished South Side could afford to shop there. shopping.
The project depended on an $11 million municipal grant for site preparation, which also required the extension of a tax increase funding district expiring while the money was “transferred” from a TIF next to.