CHICAGO - Whole Foods executives say they're committed to making a planned 18,000-foot store in an impoverished Chicago neighbourhood affordable. But they aren't providing details on how they'll do it.
The upscale grocery store chain announced plans Wednesday to open a store in the city's Englewood neighbourhood in 2016.
It's expected to create about 100 jobs.
The neighbourhood on the city's South Side is pock-marked with vacant properties. The Whole Foods site, across from Kennedy-King College, has been vacant for years.
Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb says the chain is making a commitment to the area. Store officials say suppliers agreed to lower prices when a similar project was recently launched in Detroit. But some Englewood residents are skeptical, including 57-year-old Patricia Jackson, who says the chain's too pricey for the area.
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