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Englewood Whole Foods to close Sunday, what’s subsequent?

CHICAGO — In an space that’s already considered as a meals desert, a grocery story on the City’s South Side is ready to close Sunday.

The Whole Foods grocery store in Englewood is one in all two grocery retailer chains serving the neighborhood and as soon as it’s gone, Aldi’s on West 63rd Street would be the lone grocer accessible within the space.

The retailer opened its doorways again in 2016 with the promise of jobs and wholesome meals for individuals who stay there. Now with its closing imminent, many really feel the shuttering of the business is a significant loss for the neighborhood.

“I’m going to miss it, this was my little lunch spot,” mentioned Lee Wilson, a consumer on the Whole Foods in Englewood. “I came here for lunch everyday.”

If Englewood residents need to store at a grocery store or full-service grocery retailer in addition to Aldi’s, they may have to journey to the Jewel Osco in Woodlawn, or the Walmart and Jewel Osco close to Princeton Park.

“A lot of people don’t have cars to make their way to Ashland,” mentioned Tina Lawson, an area who doesn’t store at Whole Foods. “They got to catch the bus, then come back home with groceries on the bus, it’s too much.”

While it’s at the moment unclear what will probably be executed with the constructing after Whole Foods leaves, residents nonetheless need one other full-service grocer to are available and bridge the hole to make up for the loss.

“We need a Trader Joe’s over here, we should have a Trader Joe’s in this area,” mentioned Juanita Wilson, a consumer at Whole Foods.

“Yeah, a Jewel [Osco] or a Food 4 Less, something that’s reasonable where everybody can shop and eat,” Lawson mentioned.

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