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The middle of dumpy Detroit, not far from boarded-up houses and a garbage incinerator, seems...

The middle of dumpy Detroit, not far from boarded-up houses and a garbage incinerator, seems like an odd location for a swank Whole Foods (WFM) store, but construction is about to begin there. The nearby vegetable gardens and Eastern Market represent "people's connection to food," a WFM exec says, but tax credits and grants certainly don't hurt.
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  • 2PP
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    The government has to be bankrolling this, no sensible grocer would build a store in this type of neighborhood of Detroit. No prejudice here but I know the grocery business, with extra security guards and shrinkage (theft) and the fact that people will be scared to shop there (even in the daytime), it is a money loser from the start. That is why there are no grocers in the inner city except mom and pop and those are few and far between. Anywhere there is money for a crackhead to steal they will be there and you won't be safe. I don't care how much government money you throw at an inner city grocer, people will not shop there unless an armed guard escorts them to their cars and beyond.
    9 Mar 2012, 05:38 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    How cynical.

     

    People in inner city neighborhoods have been pleading for years for healthier food closer to where they live. Most only have access to McDonalds, and least nutritious foods sold in bodegas with limited space with little to no fresh produce. Whole Foods is, dare I say, progressive enough to realize healthier people make for a healthier country, and will bring healthcare costs down. Is that such a bad thing? I think your "crackhead" robberies are overblown and a throwback to the '90s! Whole Foods has had this in the works a long time now and knows what it's getting into.
    11 Mar 2012, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • 2PP
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    You've obviously never worked or shopped in an inner city grocery store and I bet you wouldn't drive within 20 miles of this new store.

     

    I believe every neighborhood deserves access to healthier foods, but I stand by my statement 100%. Just because you provide the access to the better, healthier food isn't going to change peoples eating habits, especially if they have to pay more for it. If you like deep fried or spicy food, you're not going to spend $4.50 per pound for a salad bar meal.
    Since there are more meth heads and crack heads than ever before I should have included car jacking in the parking lot, take your car and groceries at the same time. The store really has no responsibility to police it's own parking lot just like they are not liable for your car getting hit by a shopping cart.
    11 Mar 2012, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    2PP, I live in Manhattan on far upper west side for over 25 years, which used to only have bodegas and plenty of druggies, robberies, car jackings, and was so seedy you wouldn't go out after 11. It's gentrified now, with families, and a Whole Foods. Not saying it was bad as the area in Detroit, but a start by Whole Foods could encourage others to do business there, slowly improving quality of life. If speculating and dwelling on the worst case scenario companies would never venture anywhere new and challenging.

     

    I shop at different stores for different products and find that Whole Foods prices are not so different than other markets. Depends on the season for certain produce; most people on limited budget know how to shop for best deals; shopping in bulk is cheaper also. Ironically, now supermarkets are including the same products as health food stores, but charging more!

     

    You say people like spicy fried foods, and won't shop at WFM. These people, who are more than likely the obese upping the diabetes/heart disease epidemic I believe will slowly add healthier food if available. We won't really know until the store opens. I am hopeful it works. If not, my hat will come off to you!
    11 Mar 2012, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Aging hippies pushing their "organic food" on the poor.

     

    Somebody call the social-justice Tsar if Holder ain't available.
    9 Mar 2012, 05:55 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    So? Why not? I'm an aging hippie and healthier than anyone I know. I'd agree with your insinuation if I wasn't personally proof eating better is insurance against poor health!

     

    P.S. I grew up in San Francisco '60s -- how's that for hippie!
    11 Mar 2012, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • J 457
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    Someone at WFM must understand that 46mm people are still on ETB/food stamps and the govt will continue to pay for the food bill even in the poorest of neighborhoods.
    9 Mar 2012, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • 2PP
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    The other issue with these stores is that they will charge 30% more for an item to cover security, knowing the shopper is paying with free government money. Once you are out the door they are not responsible for what happens.
    9 Mar 2012, 06:21 PM Reply Like
  • robertsiegel55
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    Why not look at the Positive of this opportunity? If they build it More will
    come! This could be the rebirth of this area,it provides good jobs and training opportunities for inner city youth. I am not familiar with this
    area but I believe others made the same statements about Harlem and The Bowrey in New York and they have expensive appts their now. Give it a chance!
    9 Mar 2012, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Exactly! Have to give Whole Foods credit for taking the opportunity to turn around a blighted area. Others seem happy just leaving it to misery and self-destruction and that is very sad indeed. Companies like WFM, Chipotle (CMG), Hain Celestial (HAIN) and even Starbucks (SBUX) are the fast rising stars of the market which are not only huge money makers for investors, but also great companies to work for, with incredible benefits. Their CEO's have a vision for a better world and have to be respected for that, whether you consume their products or not.
    11 Mar 2012, 04:30 PM Reply Like
  • pdx6
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    Whole Food Stamp
    9 Mar 2012, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Eating healthier a good investment.
    11 Mar 2012, 04:31 PM Reply Like
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    10 Mar 2012, 10:27 AM Reply Like
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