Press Release: Healthy Outlook for Edgewater with the Attraction of Whole Foods Market!
December 4, 2013
News that Whole Foods Market Inc. will take over the recently shuttered Dominick’s store at 6009 N. Broadway as reported in various Chicago news outlets, and in Alderman Osterman’s announcement, indicates that Edgewater is preparing to embark on a whole new healthy lifestyle! Whole Foods’ attraction to this high profile location with potentially 61,500 square feet may be among their largest stores in the Chicago region. The space will undergo a complete renovation and is expected to be open in 12-15 months.
“It’s great news for Edgewater residents to have Whole Foods’ wonderful choices of organic healthy foods for their families, and signals Edgewater’s attractiveness to high quality retailers”, remarks Tina Travlos Nihlean, Board President of Edgewater Development Corporation.
According to their website –“Whole Foods Market is a pioneer in the natural foods supermarket industry, since it was founded in Austin Texas in 1980. Their mission includes seeking out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry, and a commitment to sustainable agriculture. Added to those features are an excitement and fun brought to shopping for groceries and trying out new flavors”. An example of Whole Foods’ leadership in healthy eating is how they removed artificial trans-fats from their products long before the Federal Government officially recognized trans-fats used in the food industry as a contributor to heart disease. They are also a huge source for non-genetically modified produce.
In addition to their array of fine food choices including fresh, organic or conventional fruits and vegetables, seafood and artisan meats and dairy products, as well as non-toxic household and beauty products, they also offer a variety of bulk dry food options, which provides healthy choices for people on a budget.
Local small business entrepreneurs are also excited about the advent of Whole Foods into the Edgewater market and the opportunity it creates to attract other craft and artisan businesses. One is Independent Spirits Inc., which opened its doors last July just around the corner at 5947 N. Broadway. “The pace of business since we opened 7 months ago has exceeded our expectations. There is definitely the market for high quality food and wines in Edgewater”, explained proprietor, Scott Crestodina.
The news about Whole Foods also reminds residents of the other specialty food store treasures we already have in the immediate area. Across the street, True Nature Foods, at 6034 N. Broadway, www.truenaturefoods.com has led the movement as an organic community market since 1982. Similarly Devon Market, 1440 W. Devon, www.devonmarket.com is a local favorite for fresh and flavorful foods at the best prices. In addition, ethnic groceries provide a taste of home for this diverse community. For example La Unica Food Market, 1515 W. Devon, has aisles of Cuban, Peruvian and other Latin foods, with a café specializing in Cuban sandwiches and tamales. Also, Kukulu Market, at 6129 N. Broadway, showcases the staples of Ethiopian cooking including their famous berber spice and kibbe butter.
In other words, Whole Foods is joining a community which already has a sophisticated palate for healthy and wholesome foods!
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The Edgewater Development Corporation (EDC) is a local non-profit (501c3), community-based organization with the mission to redevelop the commercial resources of Edgewater to better serve the entire Edgewater Community.
We have a volunteer Board of Directors made up of local residents with special skills relevant to our Mission.
Edgewater offers attractive opportunities for business and retail development in a north lakefront community with a strong residential market. Edgewater enjoys easy multi-modal access to Chicago 's downtown and O'Hare International Airport.
Edgewater is bounded by Lake Michigan on the East, Ravenswood on the West, Devon on the North and Foster on the South. For more details on Edgewater and its retail districts, please click here to see our color brochure.
Edgewater Provides the Data – A New Tool in Business Attraction
Edgewater Development Corporation launches a glossy new “Welcome to Edgewater” brochure – a tool packed with valuable resources for developers, commercial brokers, property owners, businesses and residents who want to know – why businesses should be attracted to Edgewater and where they can find local resources to help businesses grow and succeed.
Highlights include current demographic information for Edgewater, its Trade Area, and the one-mile, three-mile and five-mile radius. Edgewater’s lakefront location, proximity to downtown, and convenient transportation options on the Red Line ‘L’ plus the many bus lines, afford amenities and conveniences that residents appreciate every day. Edgewater offers a variety of business districts, from medium-size retail along Broadway and North Clark Street, to compact and pedestrian friendly spaces in Andersonville and along Foster, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville and Devon Avenues.
Our attractive historic residential neighborhoods of single-family homes and two-flats, plus densely populated Kenmore – Winthrop and the high-rises along Sheridan Road, offers a population density twice that of Lincoln Park. Edgewater residents spend more than $500 million annually outside the area, indicating opportunity for new ventures to join with our well-established local businesses.
Edgewater Development’s President, Tina Travlos Nihlean, remarks “Edgewater is a destination lakefront community with a rich history, strategic location, and high traffic counts. Our densely populated market has a diverse shopper base with a high interest in unique businesses. Invest in your future by investing in Edgewater.”
Edgewater Development offers additional tools to new businesses, including its Small Business Program that provides expert training in developing and supporting new businesses.
Easy access to all the data is available by obtaining a convenient wallet-sized ‘Welcome to Edgewater’ business card which has a quick read code, website link, and phone number.
To obtain copies of the brochure, or to get assistance with your specific space or vacancy needs, contact Executive Director, Trinette Britt - Johnson at email@example.com or (773) 506-4016.