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Detroit sees Whole Foods as proof of progress

Detroit neighborhood undergoing revitalization sees Whole Foods' arrival as proof of progress By The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) ' A city infamous for unemployment, decay, crime and population loss would seem an odd place for an upscale natural and organic grocery chain to plant roots.

But Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to open a 20,000-square-foot supermarket with about 75 employees in Detroit's Midtown next year.

The neighborhood is likely part of the reason Whole Foods is willing to take the risk. Midtown is an anomaly in the struggling city: People are moving in, businesses are opening and hopes are high.



Retail analyst Kenneth Dalto says success isn't guaranteed but Whole Foods has done its homework and sees promise there.

Whole Foods co-Chief Executive Walter Robb is scheduled to speak Friday at the Detroit Economic Club about the company's commitment to the city.


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