Whole Foods plans to open a supermarket in Detroit, which will make it the only national grocery chain in the city.
In a release, the company said it plans a 20,000-square-foot store to open in 2013, bringing up to 75 jobs to the city.
The new store will be located on the northwest corner of Mack Avenue and John R Street.
?Detroit?s food scene is impressive and vibrant. Whole Foods Market is excited to soon be part of the positive energy and momentum as a true community partner on the ground,? said Red Elk Banks, Michigan?s executive operations coordinator for Whole Foods Market. ?We look forward to celebrating the great producers, food artisans and farmers in the area, giving them a retail space for their quality products while ensuring access to all-natural foods.?
Detroit residents have complained for years about the few options available for fresh fruit, vegetables and produce. Many say they must drive outside Detroit for quality groceries.
Whole Foods Michigan executive Red Elk Banks says the company will strive to be a true participant in Detroit. City leaders say the Midtown neighborhood chosen, anchored by a university and cultural institutions, has the residents and income level to support new retail.