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Whole Foods Announces Move to Elmhurst; Residents React to New Grocery Store

Do you think Whole Foods will be a good addition to Elmhurst? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments section.

While local media markets broke the news last week of Whole Foods move into the old Dominick's in Elmhurst, the grocery store chain made it official with an announcement on Monday afternoon. 

In a Monday press release, Whole Foods announced it would in fact be opening a new store in an old Dominick's building at 215 S. Route 83 in Elmhurst, according to a press release from Whole Foods. The store is slated to open in 2015. 

“We are excited to bring the highest quality of natural and organic products to the community of Elmhurst,” says Michael Bashaw, Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional President, in the news release. “This store will appeal to the residents of Elmhurst, ranging from the health conscious to the serious food enthusiast.”

Whole Foods Market will spend the next year remodeling the location "to reflect the Elmhurst community and the company’s mission of supporting sustainable agriculture and the environment," according to the news release. 

The addition of Whole Foods is "great news for Elmhurst" and its residents, said Elmhurst Mayor Steven M. Morley in the press release. 

"Whole Foods Market coming to the area shows how highly valued our City is as a business location destination," Morley said. 

Following the news on Friday of Whole Foods move to Elmhurst, several Elmhurst Patch Facebook followers shared their thoughts on the grocery store coming to town. Check out those responses in the post above. 

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Larry Walker February 05, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Yes mayor just what you need another expensive store for Elmhurst. We needed a Ultra, Berkley, Tony's or Valli produce. These stores are lower priced and would bring more tax dollars to our fine city. Maybe you would no have to keep raising our taxes to buy gas stations for a parking lot which makes no sense in the first place.
komputerman February 05, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Was hoping for Caputos, not another boutique grocery store who wants to sell me Korean tree beans in mustard broth. Both Jewel- Osco's in town will continue to benefit as result
Ercie Berwick February 05, 2014 at 05:41 PM
No wonder more and more Elmhurst residents are descending on Aldi's for their groceries! I have even talked to some of the Jewel people who check out the groceries, and THEY also shop at Aldi's. I can buy a week's worth of groceries at Aldi's for two people for around $55; at Jewel the same groceries would come to approx. $85! I save at least $30 a week shopping at Aldi's. WE NEED AN ALDI'S RIGHT HERE IN TOWN SO WE DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE OUT OF TOWN TO GET OUR GROCERIES AT REASONABLE PRICES!
Deke February 05, 2014 at 06:50 PM
If Whole Foods wants to move here, they certainly have that right, and apparently they have concluded (I think correctly) that there is a demand for their products here. We shop there fairly often -- not for everything, but there are some items you can get at Whole Foods that are difficult to find elsewhere. In December, Aldi announced plans to open 650 new stores but apparently did not choose Elmhurst as a location -- apparently thinking there were more favorable markets for a new store. Probably because the one in Villa Park is relatively close by.
Jan Lapointe February 05, 2014 at 07:05 PM
thrilled!!!we don't need more empty stores...Mariano's in Elmhurst is not very good... Lots of choices
Jan Lapointe February 05, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Now, we COULD use a gas station in town....DO NOT understand why Pauli's had to leave...we have a Shell station at 3rd and York...always crazy busy...
Natalie February 05, 2014 at 07:28 PM
I am happy to hear the news. There are some things that I can only find in Whole Foods
Joy February 05, 2014 at 07:35 PM
I love Mariano's. Hard to believe anyone could find fault with its prices. Butter 2.00 a pound, deli items are so reasonable etc. Anyway I am with Natalie in liking the choice. There are a lot of great items at Whole Foods. And just a note, the gas station on 3rd which is very close to me is always at least 30 cents more a gallon than Delta Sonic. Why its crowded I will never know. If people can afford gas there then they should have no issues with Whole Foods.
Jim Court February 05, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Joy Proximity is everything. The clerks at Shell are friendlier in general. A gas station in the shopping center would have been nice. Perhaps the recently closed Pier ! could be converted to a convenience/gas station. It would do exceptionally well and nicely serve this section of Elmhurst. The Whole Foods will suggest many positive things about Elmhurst and the direction we are headed. I respect ALDI'S and shop there without shame (frugal me) but it tends to suggest a different demographic than what Elmhurst is striving and succeeding in becoming. Not everyone in town can afford Whole Foods but it is a free market and my guess is that Elmhurst leadership prefers a more upscale type of Grocer. That is why we do not have many pawn shops, dollar stores, cash loan type of stores or trashy book stores and "gentle mans " clubs. I may be wrong but I think Bruce DuBiel (spelling looks wrong) has had an influence on this and if it is true, I give him credit and those who share that vision. I do not want Elmhurst to be like the surrounding communities. Yes, there are improvements to be had in Elmhurst but I am ever thankful for the direction we are headed.
Beth Malaga February 06, 2014 at 12:04 AM
Finally a civilized grocery in this town!! I think this is a great option for many in this town. I think it's a great thing for Elmhurst. Thank you to those who made this happen! I'm thrilled to have organic and wholesome items all in one spot. I know some get hung up on the prices and yes, some quality items are pricier (you do get what you pay for, like anything else in life) however if you take advantage of sales (and stock up) and buy their store brand, they really are very comparable. Domincks and Jewel were very expensive mainstream grocery stores, especially compared to many other areas in the country I've lived, you might as well shop at Whole Foods....not much difference at all. Many just say that W.F. is more expensive and they've never even stepped into a store. Do your own research and check it out. It will be so great to have a nice grocery store to shop in that does offer a lot with a positive and healthy energy in a great space! We definitely need that. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds Jewel anything but uplifting. And I'm not impressed with Marianos either, in my opinion, it's a glorified Dominicks. All that being said, there was an earlier post that had suggested an Aldi's where the Jewel is, love that idea, we'd get the best of both worlds!
Joy February 06, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Jim we actually did have a cash for gold store in town across the street from the shuttered toy store. It didn't last long. I am happy for the variety. My daughter actually works for Whole Foods and they are a great company and treat their employees exceptionally well. I to shop at Aldi and I don't understand why anyone would be embarrassed. I believe it is owned by a much larger upscale company. The products are more than good. I think the Mariano's really took a leap in choosing their new location in town. With the hotel under contract I think attracting major development to the north side of town will be very beneficial. I already miss Pier One.
Elmhurst Reader February 06, 2014 at 09:02 AM
FYI everyone. Aldi is a German company who also owns Trader Joe's. Jewelry stores (Cottage Hill as well as the coin shop on Addison) in Elmhurst will buy your gold. They just don't put out spinning signs or have guys standing at the corner with sandwich boards.
NotyourJennifer February 06, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I would rather of had La Fitness move there.
Faust February 06, 2014 at 12:34 PM
The clientele at Whole Foods are top notch. Not so much at Aldi's.
Ercie Berwick February 06, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Aldi's has a very fine clientele. I'm sure I don't know what you mean when you say the clientele isn't "top notch." What kind of cllentele do you consider "top notch???
Marie February 07, 2014 at 02:07 PM
I am so happy Whole Foods is coming to Elmhurst. There is no other grocery store chain that is as conscious as Whole Foods about selling high quality, healthy foods. I think it will be great for the community!
Idont Givitout February 07, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Anyone take notice that the signs on the windows say 2015 for opening??
Beth Malaga February 08, 2014 at 12:35 AM
Yes, of course I noticed the 2015 opening. That is also what I was told when I inquired at the Hinsdale Whole Foods. Why do you ask that? The whole process would definitely take that long.
dk February 09, 2014 at 11:51 AM
It's so interesting that a few have expressed a need for an Aldi's and a gas station at the 83/St. Chas. shopping center. There WAS an Aldi's and a large 4-island gas station there at one time. (The Aldi's was just about where the Portillo's is and the gas station was where the Pier 1 was.) Villa Park has not one, but two Aldi's. As for the image/affluence factor, Glen Ellyn has an Aldi's which doesn't seem to have had an effect on their status as an affluent suburb.
Amy Ray February 09, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Although I am not excited about Whole Foods moving to Elmhurst, there are many who are. It will be good for Elmhurst's tax base. I too would have preferred a Trader Joe's which I believe appeals to a wider demographic. I am an educated consumer and also frequent Aldi. Don't judge until you shop there. I save my family hundreds even thousands every year. I will say that I DO NOT buy meat at Aldi, I go to Costco for that. As far as the clientele not being "top notch". If you frequent Aldi's you will almost always see several luxury vehicles in the lot. Aldi's customers are not low income, just smart shoppers!
Ercie Berwick February 09, 2014 at 06:56 PM
dk and Amy Ray, you are both right on the money about Aldi's. I might add that even the people who are not affluent and shop at Aldi's regularly seem to be very nice people. They are courteous, thoughtful, and helpful. One of the Hispanic gentlemen helped me recently when I couldn't reach some of the items on a top shelf. He was very sweet and charming. Anyway, I have a friend whose husband is a multi-millionaire, and she wouldn't think of shopping at Jewel except in an emergency. She drives in her Cadillac to Aldi's all the time. Her philosophy is why spend the extra money at the Jewel for items she can get at Aldi's for half price, and then she can give that money to worthy causes. I think comments concerning "the clientele" that shop at Aldi's are uncalled for. More and more people of all walks of life are shopping at Aldi's. And I am well aware there are two Aldi's in Villa Park--one on Roosevelt Road and one off North Avenue. But what I would love to see is an Aldi's smack dab right in the center of Elmhurst; preferably where the almighty, money-hungry Jewel is right now. So far as meat is concerned, I think Aldi's meat has Jewel's meat surpassed in quality and taste. Aldi's center-cut pork chops melt in your mouth; Jewel's are like shoe leather. Bleh!
Idont Givitout February 09, 2014 at 07:08 PM
True that about the meat. I used to buy my meat at Dominick's' because it was a better quality till Safeway got their hooks in it. When possible I went direct to a butcher but they are getting harder to find. I know Mikes in VP is not bad but Felicias in Schaumburg is much better. Then there is the overpriced one in Hinsdale, I forget the name but could drive you right to it. The problem with Aldi's is its selections. They often do not have the brands I prefer. Bottom line although mute at this point would be a better choice for a budget store not high end specialty pay for our name nonsense
Idont Givitout February 09, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Perhaps they can fit one into the new Hahn street development!!!
Ercie Berwick February 09, 2014 at 11:26 PM
You mean an Aldi's? That would be wonderful! Incidentally, I really need to tell you this because it was such a great gesture of excellent public relations. About a year and a half ago or so, I bought one of those rolled-up, tight legs of lamb that Aldi's is famous for; they don't carry it all the time, but when they do, it's very reasonable, has a lot of meat on it, and it is very tender--if you like lamb, which we do. They cost somewhere between $11.00 and $12.00, and they are boneless. I had bought a couple of those before, and they were so luscious and tender. But this one was absolutely inedible! Tough as shoe leather! I sat down late Friday night and sent them an e-mail (I believe it was about 10:00 P.M.). I signed my name, and gave them my address and cell phone number. The next morning at 9:00 sharp (it was now Saturday), I got a call from a gentleman who introduced himself as "Aldi's distributor in Wisconsin." He apologized up and down and told me he was unable to explain the toughness of the meat but that Tuesday morning no later than 9:00 sharp, there would be a delivery to my house of another leg of lamb direct from the distributor in Wisconsin packed in dry ice. Well, there it was on my front porch when I opened the door at 9:00 Tuesday morning. But when I opened up the package, instead of one leg of lamb, there were TWO legs of lamb, neatly packed in dry ice. We enjoyed them thoroughly over a long period of time. They were so tender and succulent, you cannot imagine. The next trip I made to Aldi's in Villa Park off North Avenue, I spoke to the manager about my experience with their distributor, and he said he was very happy that I was happy and that Aldi's always do their best to satisfy their customers no matter what. I, personally, believe that the crown of glory for Elmhurst would be to bring an Aldi's and put it where Jewel now is. As for Jewel, I don't care what they do with it. Bleh!
Idont Givitout February 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM
What a pleasant story!
Stewart Levine February 10, 2014 at 06:55 AM
I don't know, Aldi's makes me feel like I have 5 kids and live out of a car. Whole foods is also known as whole paycheck. Jewel is where I will continue to shop. I like the recent upgrades to the store, and always run into people i know in town there!
Peggy Magrady February 10, 2014 at 09:33 AM
How about another Courts where the Waverton was. Everything is on the south side of Elmhurst. The Courts is always so busy and the parking awful.
Peggy Magrady February 10, 2014 at 09:36 AM
A hobby Lobby would be nice at the old Dominick's at Grand and York. We always have to travel so far to find a craft store.
Ercie Berwick February 11, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Stewart, I have no idea why Aldi's makes you feel the way you say you do. I LOVE all the money I save shopping at Aldi's. Today, my daughter and I were dining in Schaumburg and asked the waiter if there was an Aldi's there, and he directed us to an Aldi's in Schaumburg and he said there was also one in Hoffman Estates. We stopped at the one in Hoffman Estates so I could get my groceries. I spent $63.00 for groceries that will last us at least a week and a half. I would have paid at least $30.00 more if I had bought those same groceries at the Jewel. I think Jewel is a big ripoff, and as I commented in another post, their meat isn't near the fine quality of Aldi's meat. Also, Aldi's corn-on-the cob is so sweet, you just can't find any corn sweeter than Aldi's. Aldi's doesn't try to rip off its customers, and they all have such a good attitude towards their customers, no matter which Aldi's one shops at. Also, their Beaumont coffee is DELICIOUS! Better tasting than any brand of coffee you can buy at the Jewel and at half the price for a large can. I don't know that you feel that Elmhurst is "too good" for an Aldi's or what. Perhaps you don't feel that way, I don't know; all I have to go by is your comment. I don't think we who live in Elmhurst have all that much to crow about. There are arrests made in Elmhurst all the time having to do with drugs, theft, violence, and some of those arrests are arrests of people who live in lily-white Elmhurst, where the taxes are so high, people are actually moving out of Elmhurst. I'll get off my soap box now. :)

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