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"I'm so proud of how the community has come together to make our first
Detroit location happen," said
Larry Austin, store team leader. "This store celebrates our city, its history and its residents. Come on in,
Local schools and arts groups will present outdoor performances today as shoppers explore natural and organic options inside. The company's online magazine,
Dark Rye, will also present videos.
The store is working with three local charities for opening day: the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Sisters Acquiring Financial Equality (SAFE), and Gleaners Community Food Bank. Shoppers can vote to determine donations to each charity. One will earn 5 percent of all
Michigan stores' profits on a future date, one will benefit from a "one dime at a time" program from stores across
Michigan, and one will receive a
"The opening of the first Whole Foods Market in
Detroit is a game changer," said Bing. "Not only does it offer central-city residents more choices and convenience for grocery shopping, it also proves that
Detroit is an attractive destination for national retailers. I appreciate that Whole Foods Market involved the entire community in the planning of this development. This is a true community partnership, and we're proud to welcome Whole Foods Market to
"We've worked toward this day for nearly five years, constantly inspired by the positive energy and growth in urban farming, food artisans and local producers in
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. "We are so proud to be part of the mix."
Customers will find an array of fresh, healthy and affordable options including local products like Taste Love Cupcakes, Slow Jams, Great Lakes Coffee and Bhakati Chai Tea. Additional highlights include a community room, free store tours and healthy eating workshops, and regular community giving days. The new store features local and green design elements including using wood and salvaged brick from Reclaimed Detroit, tables made from old car and truck hoods, murals by local artists, and Motown records adorning register lights.