Many would assume that a city with nearly a million residents has no problem attracting major grocery store chains, but in 2003 Detroit watched its last mainstream grocer, Farmer Jack, close its doors for good. Yes, 2003 was not a typo, it has been over 10 years since Detroit had a mainstream grocer. Since then many Detroit residents travel to surrounding cities to purchase fresh produce, while others were left with making due at the closest convenience store.
“There were a lot of people who were nonbelievers in terms of what it takes to bring our city back,” Mayor Dave Bing told the hundreds of people in the crowd. “And today is just one small step of making sure that the dreams and the visions that we have for our city can become a reality.”
While many investors have been skeptical, Whole Foods has opened the minds of other large chain grocers to invest in Detroit. In the near future, Detroit residents will have a variety of options including Meijer and Papa Joe’s.
Check out the video below of the Grand Opening at Whole Foods Detroit!