Whole Foods has opened its new store in Detroit with a daylong celebration.
The festivities in the city's Midtown neighborhood Wednesday included performances by a bagpipe player, marching band and string quartet as well as remarks from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Mayor Dave Bing and others.
"I'd have to say, without a doubt, it's probably the best day," Bing said. "Because the community is involved. I mean, people came from everywhere. This is not just Detroit, but people came from all around southeastern Michigan to participate in this. I think it's huge and it's just the beginning."
The Austin, Texas-based chain's newest store will help fill a grocery void in the area. Detroiters long have complained about not having enough places to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and produce.
It has taken four years of collaboration from the city, state, developer and the store chain to come up with a formula to make the store work.
"I don't want to break down and cry on your show, but what this means to our company is really beyond words," said Whole Food CEO Walter Robb.
The new store means new jobs.
Cindy Anderson was laid off from her job two years ago but has found new hope by landing one with Whole Foods.