CHICAGO (CBS) – Whole Foods will close its store in Englewood six years after opening a grocery store in what was once a food desert on the South Side.
A spokesman for Whole Foods confirmed that the company is closing six of more than 530 branches across the country, including the Englewood branch and their store at the University of DePolo’s welcoming center in Lincoln Park. Other stores are closing in Montgomery, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Tarzan, California; and Brooklyn, Massachusetts.
“As we continue to position the Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we regularly evaluate the performance and growth potential of each of our stores and we have made the difficult decision to close six stores. We support team members affected by this transition and expect all interested members eligible teams will find places elsewhere in our country, ”a Whole Foods spokesman said in a statement.
At the time, the Englewood store opened in September 2016 put an end to the food desert in the neighborhood. Although another grocery store, Go Green Community Fresh Marketopened in Englewood earlier this year, the loss of Whole Foods is sure to be a serious blow to the neighborhood.
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