Whole Foods is coming to the Elmhurst community and most residents could not be happier. Whole Foods Market Inc. has confirmed plans to purchase 7 Dominick’s locations in the city and surrounding suburbs.

Dominick’s parent company, Safeway Inc. closed the 72 store chain on December 28th. This left more than 6,000 people out of jobs. Since the stores closed, other competitors have been slowly buying the locations. Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market, Tony’s Finer Foods, Pete’s Fresh Market, Roundy’s Supermarkets and Whole Foods have all purchased or stated their intent to purchase the existing stores. This is excellent news for the people that lost their jobs, some of whom have been able to find employment with the stores’ new owners. With the acquisition of the Dominick’s locations, Whole Foods will have 28 stores in the Chicago area by next year.

Founded in 1980, the Austin-based grocer has 360 stores in North America and the U.K. and they claim to be the world’s leader in natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market is a mission-driven company that seeks to provide natural and organic foods. They maintain a commitment to sustainable agriculture and their stores are stocked with a wide variety of foods. A typical store also has a smoothie and sandwich bar.

The stores, which should open next year, would expand the grocery chain’s reach in Chicago by one third. Whole Foods Market regional president stated that they were very excited about the opportunity to quickly and significantly expand in the greater Chicago area. The 7 new stores include these locations:

  • 1 N. Halsted St. in the West Loop
  • 225 E Grand Ave in Streeterville
  • 959 W. Fullerton Ave in Lincoln Park
  • 6009 N. Broadway Ave in Edgewater
  • 6300 S Robert Kingery Hwy in Willowbrook
  • 2748 Green Bay Road in Evanston
  • 215 S. Route 83 in Elmhurst

Further expansion in the downtown area is good news for Elmhurst. Seeing empty buildings that could be providing a service and jobs to the community is hard and knowing that another grocery store will fill the space is encouraging.

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