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Grocery store to create retail jobs in Chicago

Posted on March 30, 2016

A new distribution center will create retail jobs in Chicago.

Whole Foods plans to build a new Whole Foods Market distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Expected to open in early 2018, the new Whole Foods Market distribution center will take advantage of the Pullman neighborhood’s skilled workforce, close proximity to the interstate and diverse business climate to serve Whole Foods Market locations across the Midwest and Eastern Canada.

The new distribution center will occupy previously empty land and allow Whole Foods Market to join two of its trusted suppliers, Method and Gotham Greens, in the Pullman neighborhood.

The Whole Foods Market distribution center builds on previously announced plans of the company to serve Chicago’s South Side including the opening of a new store in Hyde Park in the summer of 2016 followed by a location in Englewood in the fall.

The new center is among more than $225 million in public and private projects moving forward in Pullman, including: the community’s 2015 designation as a National Monument by the U.S. Park Service for its historic affiliation with industry, land use planning, and workers’ rights; the 2015 construction of Method Products first U.S. factory and Gotham Green’s rooftop greenhouse; the 2014 construction of the $135 million Pullman Park retail development; the current construction of a $15 million community center; and improvements to dozens of historic homes and other properties.

When opened, the new facility will add 150 jobs in Chicago and serve as many as 70 Whole Foods Market locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, and the Canadian province of Ontario. The new 140,000-square-foot facility replaces the current Whole Foods Market distribution center in Munster, Indiana.

“This distribution center is another example of Whole Foods doubling down on Chicago’s South Side and adds to the renaissance that is happening in Pullman,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Neighborhood investments like these – from stores in Hyde Park and Englewood to this distribution center in Pullman – will be vital community anchors and open up more avenues of opportunity for all Chicagoans. I want to thank Whole Foods for their continuing commitment to Chicago and our neighborhoods.”