Whole Foods Reportedly Coming to Elmhurst

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday Whole Foods has acquired the old Dominick's location at 215 S. Route 83 in Elmhurst.

It has been in the rumor mill for months.

In the beginning of December, Crain's Chicago Business reported Whole Foods was interested in purchasing the former Dominick's at 215 S. Route 83 in Elmhurst. Then this past week, Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley in his State of the City speech said "all indications" showed Whole Foods would move in. 

In recent weeks, some residents have told Elmhurst Patch in our story comments and on Facebook they would like to see the grocery store come to town while others said Elmhurst has plenty of grocery stores already and doesn't need another. Still others said Elmhurst could use some more reasonably-priced stores, such as Aldi, instead. 

Whichever side of the fence you may be on, it sounds like the grocery store has committed to open up shop in Elmhurst. 

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday Whole Foods has acquired seven old Dominick's locations in the Chicago suburbs, including the Elmhurst location at 215 S. Route 83. A Whole Foods spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune it typically takes 12 to 15 months to open a new store. 

Currently, the Whole Foods stores closest to Elmhurst are in Hinsdale, at 500 E. Ogden Ave.; Willowbrook, at 201 63rd St.; and Wheaton, at 151 Rice Lake Square.
PJC January 31, 2014 at 07:46 PM
YEA!!!!! It will be the first grocery store in Elmhurst that I will have shopped at in a very long time.
traderchick January 31, 2014 at 07:54 PM
PJC exactly same here!
Andrea Zable January 31, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Great use of the space it will be like the Schaumburg whole foods. This is great for the city.
Zenas Hopson January 31, 2014 at 08:07 PM
I'm so happy whole foods is coming
Carol Cassidy Hogan January 31, 2014 at 08:10 PM
So thankful! Enough grocery stores in Elmhurst? Me thinks not!
Idont Givitout January 31, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Bummer I was really hoping for a combined restaurant/night club and gun range :(
Steve January 31, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Fantastic alternative grocery with more refined selection.
Dante Laudati January 31, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Hope they're more reasonable than the ones in Hinsdale and Wheaton, but they'll think that Elmhurst, being close to Oak Brook is wealthy like Hinsdale. I would rather see an Angelo Caputo's store. Maybe they'll come to Bensenville.
Ercie Berwick January 31, 2014 at 11:19 PM
I want to see an Aldi's where Jewel is! The prices at all your supermarkets these days are off the charts. Highway robbery. Why can't we have an Aldi's in Elmhurst??????
North Side February 01, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Whole Foods is OK The fresh market would have brought people in from other locations http://www.thefreshmarket.com/view-specials/view-specials#.Uuz8zPsx3F5
Jim Court February 01, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Ercie, Two Aldi's are nearby. I doubt they would place another one here. It might have been nice if they placed Trader Joes and an Aldi's together. Whole Foods will reflect positively on Elmhurst. Caputo's would fit in Bensenville nicely.
Doremus Jessup February 01, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Will there be a caffeine dispensary as well?
Kathy Lee February 01, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I am glad to see Whole Foods is coming to Elmhurst. I think that many businesses want to be here and will thrive. Empty store fronts and blighted property hurt the values of our city. I only wish that the city would enforce codes and pay attention to some of the blighted rental homes on south York. Cardboard and blankets covering a window is not what I want in my neighborhood.
ahmado February 01, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Outstanding. We need store like that.
Faust February 01, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Those rental homes on South York haven't been condemned yet? Good lord above, someone clean up this rift raft.
Ercie Berwick February 01, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Mr. Faust, I, personally, don't care to have people living in Elmhurst who can't spell easy words like "riff raff."
Idont Givitout February 01, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Good one Ercie! But this is not a thread about housing. This is about Dominick's turning Whole foods, Please lets not get off topic. ISince it wont be a combined restaurant/bar/gun range I would have preferred a budget store to Whole Foods
Faust February 01, 2014 at 03:14 PM
I'm just glad I can spell Ercie, and Sauna. I'm also thankful of your "do not ring door bell unless you are expected" sign to help keep our streets safer of riff raft. God bless Emlhurst and the occasional "spelling troll"
Ercie Berwick February 01, 2014 at 03:55 PM
My husband has dementia. I do not care to have anybody ringing our doorbell or knocking on our door unless he/she is expected. "Elementary, my dear Watson."
Jennifer MacKenzie February 01, 2014 at 04:03 PM
There is other exiciting news on the local food front, about 1.5 years ago, some people started talking about bringing a food co-op to the local area. Progress is being made towards that goal. If you live in the area and would be interested in having a say in bringing this plan to fruition, please see www.prairiefood.coop . Even if you just complete the survey , it's a great help. Thanks for your consideration.
Doremus Jessup February 04, 2014 at 09:19 AM
The Tribune is now reporting that these new stores will re-open in 2015 as new Whole Food stores. That is a long time to wait.
EMon February 04, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Yes! Summer of 2015 means fantastic burgers regularly grilling in my backyard.
Idont Givitout March 07, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Makes sense now. Safeway had to get rid of Dominick's so they could be bought by Albertsons which owns Jewel/osco. This prevents a monopoly or conflict of interests with the FTC.
Ercie Berwick March 07, 2014 at 06:28 PM
A lot of people are pushovers for sight and sound. What you will see at Whole Foods once it opens is what you see at Jewel and other supermarkets of that nature. Veggies being sprayed while music plays in the background, bread and muffins and cakes displayed in sexy glass cases encased in fancy shmancy wrappings. And the customers fall for this outrageous display of what really amounts to from ordinary products to products (fruit for instance) that are from "okay" to "bleh." It is amazing what people will spend for sight and sound.I stand by my burning desire to have an Aldi's in Elmhurst. No fancy spraying going on with their vegetables, no music, no nothing but low prices. And that's what I want for Elmhurst! I want an Aldi's without all the nonsensical trappings that cause prices to go sky high. I always drive out to Aldi's in Villa Park off North Avenue for my groceries. Why should I spend $100 for a week's worth of groceries when I can buy the same groceries at Aldi's for half that price? Doesn't make sense!
EMon March 07, 2014 at 06:53 PM
I disagree, Ercie. To say all people are paying a premium on food just for bells and whistles is incorrect. I think the educated shopper is paying the premium on what you DON'T see. To say Aldi offers the same, is not factual. I'd rather feed my toddler a "whole" food rather than one that "might" be laced with a pesticide or dye that is linked as a carcinogen. I do agree that the world is filled with Sheeple that may shop there for its prettiness, but as long as I can afford that "safer" item to feed my child, I will gladly do so.
Ercie Berwick March 07, 2014 at 09:52 PM
I am afraid you are being taken for a ride. Whole Foods is going to sell the same pesticide-laced products that Jewel does. They may be displayed in a more glamorous fashion, but they will be no different. And don't let the words "Whole Foods" fool you. It's all propaganda. Everything today is propaganda. You will not find the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth anywhere.


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