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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.
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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