Whole Foods closing Englewood store 6 years after opening was celebrated in Chicago ‘food desert’

Whole Foods closing Englewood store 6 years after opening was celebrated in Chicago ‘food desert’

CHICAGO (TOC) — Complete Meals is closing its retailer in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood simply six years after its opening was celebrated on W. 63rd Avenue.

Prospects of the Complete Meals Market in Englewood stated they have been thrilled when the shop opened in what was thought-about a “meals desert” on Chicago’s South Aspect.

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They felt the grocery retailer made a promise to offer recent produce and wholesome meals. Now, they really feel the introduced closing is sort of a slap within the face.”For the shop, it is a devastating blow to our neighborhood,” resident Jon Moton stated.

A spokesperson for the natural grocer confirmed the shuttering of the South Aspect location together with its DePaul College store, writing: “We’ve got made the tough determination to shut six shops. We’re supporting impacted Workforce Members by this transition and count on that every one , eligible Workforce Members will discover positions at our different areas.”

The 2 native closures are amongst six shops being closed out of the greater than 530 areas of the nationwide grocery chain owned by Amazon.

First opened in 2016, the 63rd Avenue grocery retailer was opened in what was as soon as a meals desert, promising to deliver more healthy meals selections to the realm. On the time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the town dedicated over $10 million in tax breaks to assist make the shop a actuality. The shop employed round 100 folks.

Asiaha Butler, CEO of the Resident Affiliation of Better Englewood, stated she fearful the shop would shut.”We knew this wasn’t a retailer that was supposed to achieve numerous revenue,” Butler stated. “We’re in a meals apartheid right here and this was a company accountability determination that was executed.”

Residents stated they have been notably angered by the information because it got here two days after Complete Meals opened an enormous new retailer downtown at Chicago and State.

A spokesperson for Leon Walker, managing companion of DL3 Realty, the builder accountable for growing Englewood Sq., stated in an announcement that Walker is assured one other grocer will take over the house: “There may be an excessive amount of funding and a lot momentum…. The underlying enterprise case continues to be strong.”

Dion Dawson, who based Dion’s Chicago Dream, a not-for-profit addressing meals insecurity within the neighborhood stated it might open the door for brand spanking new alternatives.

“We’ve got a supply program dream deliveries the place we’re delivering 11,000 kilos in additional than 19 Chicago areas as a result of we will not proceed to be reactive to an organization closing store and shifting,” Dawson stated.

Whereas the Complete Meals might not shut for a number of extra months, the DePaul retailer might shut as quickly as subsequent week.


“Amazon’s determination to shut shops in Englewood and Lincoln Park as a part of a nationwide closure of shops is clearly disappointing. My quick fear is for the employees in each areas. Amazon should now take clear steps to guard these staff as they transition to new alternatives. Having been in each of these shops many instances over time, I noticed first-hand how these staff gave their coronary heart and soul to make the shops successful. Along with each communities and native elected leaders, my administration will work to repurpose these areas in a means that continues to serve the neighborhood and help the encircling companies. We as a metropolis will proceed to work exhausting to shut meals deserts that meet neighborhood wants with neighborhood on the desk.”

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