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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:58 PM
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Whole Foods Market scouting for space in Detroit's Midtown district
Source: Detroit Free Press

Whole Foods Market scouting for space in Detroit's Midtown district
3:03 PM, Apr. 4, 2011
JOHN GALLAGHER
Detroit Free Press Business Writer


The Whole Foods Market chain wont talk about it, but the upscale grocery has been shopping for a possible store location in Detroits Midtown district and holding preliminary meetings to line up potential local suppliers.

Kate Klotz, a Midwest regional spokeswoman for Whole Foods, declined to comment today, citing the companys policy of never discussing possible new stores until a lease is signed.

But Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp., said he and Whole Foods representatives have held preliminary meetings in Detroit to explore lining up local growers and other potential producers to supply food products to a store in Detroit.

They seem to be genuine about it, Carmody said.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20110404/NEWS01/110404040/... |topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



This is really big news for Detroit. Here's hoping it happens!
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:59 PM
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1. Fuck Whole Foods.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:01 PM
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2. surprise. toldja so.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:02 PM
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3. I wish them every success
Detroit can certainly use some clean, honest, fairly-priced grocery stores. I'm not quite sure where Midtown is, but when I lived near Wayne State, I had to drive a long way to get decent groceries. You know, lettuce that's green, meat that's not green, stuff like that.
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HERVEPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:07 PM
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4. Fairly priced???
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:58 PM
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10. In the 80's I remember not being able to buy a pair of sheets. Anywhere..
Eventually found some, in the basement of McCrory's,
which had once been the Kresge's on Woodward downtown.

I didn't have time to go out the the suburbs.
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Hestia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:07 PM
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5. Just wait until they see their grocery bills and non-union? The glamour will wear off very quickly.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:16 PM
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6. If it can't find a big-enough space, will it open a Half Foods Market?
;-)
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:53 PM
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7. a large, democratically run, socially responsible food co-op w/ local products would be much better
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RantinRavin Donating Member (423 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:55 PM
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9. but do you know of any
that want to move into the area ?
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:06 PM
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12. people there w/small ones(along w/ home growers)need 2 unite& form 1,democracy isnt spectator sport
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 04:06 PM by stockholmer
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:55 PM
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8. They might enjoy a Trader Joe's a bit more.
I'm just sayin'. I'm not too keen on Whole Foods.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:02 PM
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11. why can't both open up ? while i probaby wouldn't shop at whole foods
considering the problems in Detroit i think this is more good than bad.

whole foods does get a lot of locals to supply their business and it would help those small businesses.

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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:23 PM
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13. Very anti-union and the prices are out of reach for all but the affluent.
It's kind of a strange choice for the city, since they have been claiming they are trying to shrink everyone towards the central parts of the city.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:23 PM
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15. I wonder how the plan for the urban plantation is coming.
"lining up local growers and other potential producers to supply food products"
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Sabriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:14 PM
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14. In this case, will it be called "More-than-Whole Paycheck"?
It seems like a sick joke, to put in a very expensive store in a city suffering from high poverty rates.

Maybe Michael Moore can get them to carry organic rabbit!
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queenjane Donating Member (258 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 09:45 AM
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16. I know it's sexy to bash Whole Foods
but it's like every other store: you check prices and shop selectively. As a vegan, I eat a lot of tofu. Whole Foods' 365 Brand is the cheapest I've found, and very good. They have their own brands of many products, they have weekly sales, their website has coupons, and they stock locally grown fruits & vegetables. I've never found bread anywhere, including homemade (which I rarely do for time constraints), that's as good as their whole grain breads. No, I don't do all my shopping there; in fact, I buy groceries/pet supplies, et al, at as many as 6 different stores. But it does offer items no one else carries and deals can be found there.
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