DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Whole Foods plans to open its new store in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood this spring.
The Austin, Texas-based natural grocery store chain announced Friday it plans to open a 21,650-square-foot supermarket on June 5 with about 75 employees.
Whole Foods Market Inc. says details about job openings will be posted online April 2.
The much-anticipated store, located at Mack Avenue and John R. Road, will add to the vibrant, growing food scene in Detroit -- where residents have long complained about not having enough places to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and produce.
Whole Foods and city officials began discussions in 2007 to bring a store to Detroit. Talks regarding the Midtown site got underway in 2010 and a groundbreaking for the store was held last year.
"We feel this is the right time for us to make the jump into Detroit. It's the focus on the food economy that has driven us to select Detroit. We feel Detroit deserves the best that Whole Foods has to offer," said Whole Foods executive operations coordinator Red Elk Banks.
The company has five other supermarkets in Michigan.
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