Whole Foods breaks ground in Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit's Midtown is one of the fastest growing sections of the city and Monday morning, that growth continued. Whole Foods formally broke ground on their newest location at the corner of Mack Ave and John R Rd.

This is a big deal for the city of Detroit and Midtown in particular. With the Medical Center, Wayne State University and its central location, residents say it seems like an ideal spot for a new grocery store.

"I go to the suburbs for groceries all the time."

Ronald Elliott says he really doesn't have any choice and says it's sad  because he specifically bought his nearly century-old home to be part of the revitalization of Detroit's Midtown.

"There are a lot of opportunities. It's in the heart of the city and I wanted to be a part of the city's growth," said Elliott.

That growth took a giant leap forward with Monday's announcement that a Whole Foods location would soon arrive.

Whole foods is a natural and organic store. Everything in our store is free of dyes, chemicals or preservatives," said Amanda Musilli, a spokesperson for the chain.

Currently there are five locations throughout the state. The newest store which is expected to open in the spring of 2013 will bring with it 75 jobs. But its impact goes well beyond that.

"We have a half a dozen local vendors who sell their products in our stores and they've come out today to let you have a little sample bit of that."

The best part of today's announcement just might be the fact that Whole Foods will bring shoppers to the city, which may bring new business to the area and maybe new residents. Maybe even people like Ronald Elliott who appreciate Detroit's rich history and are willing to invest in its future.

"We need those types of amenities in the city of Detroit and I think it will just blossom in the area and I think it will be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood."


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