Wednesday, September 4, 2013

More items on Whole Foods Market coming to Englewood

Not to beat a dead horse with this exciting announcement but here are some more items worth sharing.

First Mayor Rahm Emanuel concluded a live press conference regarding Whole Foods in Englewood close to a half-hour ago. You can watch it here!

BTW, even the FB page of the Chicago Transit Authority got onto this act.

Also Curbed Chicago also talked about not only Whole Foods coming to 63rd/Halsted but also the other development plans for that intersection that was reported by the Sun-Times. Let me add that in discussing this store they mentioned that Detroit is the model to be used for the Englewood location.

Finally, WBEZ reported on this as well. They reported that this store will bring 100 jobs to the area and made sure to note that it will be next door to Kennedy-King College that has a culinary program. So surely those students will have access to jobs in the kitchen for this store.

UPDATE 1:56 PM This article was posted to our FB page this WBEZ article discusses the possiblity of Kennedy King's culinary students working at the new Whole Foods store:
Yesterday Whole Foods executive Michael Barshaw told WBEZ that the company wants to work with the Washburne Culinary Institute at nearby Kennedy King College.

“We hope that Whole Foods would offer educational classes on healthy eating, nutrition and cooking,” Barshaw said.
The article also mentions this organization Fresh Foods that runs converted CTA buses that sells fresh produce although unfortunately this organization is forced to shut down due to money. I believe Whole Foods has helped this organization with donations usually through customers' reusable bag discounts.

Also noted here is another organization Growing Home that operates two urban farms in Englewood. Here's hoping they will be an integral part of this project as well.

Finally the official press release from Whole Foods Market on the coming store posted to my Scribd account. You will see quotes from 16th Ward Alderman Joann Thompson and RAGE founder Aysha Butler in this release.

Recently Sen. Mark Kirk visited Englewood and stated this community has potential if all goes to plan I hope this will only be a start to realizing it!

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