Does Evanston Need 3 Whole Foods Stores?

The city already has two Whole Foods stores, and now a third may replace the Dominick's at 2748 Green Bay Rd.

How many Whole Foods stores can one town sustain?

The grocery chain appears to be banking on at least three in Evanston. Whole Foods is reportedly in talks to buy seven Chicago-area Dominick's stores, including the one at 2748 Green Bay Rd., according to Crain's Chicago Business

Dominick's announced it was selling all 72 Chicagoland stores earlier this year.

What do you think? Does Evanston need a third Whole Foods Market? Tell us in the comments.
Mildred December 03, 2013 at 07:41 PM
More the merrier
Jim December 03, 2013 at 09:33 PM
DM December 04, 2013 at 07:23 AM
I can see why Whole Food wants the Dominicks on Green bay more choice for the customers who have high income, this is the direction Evanston is going! What about the one on Dodge, the city could care less about middle and lower income residents! I personally cannot afford to shop at Whole Foods!!
Mary Summerville December 04, 2013 at 07:34 AM
I agree. Where will regular folks go for their name brands. Diet Coke, Lipton tea, Tide soap etc. the will go north into wilmette and shop at Jewel and Evanston will lose all that tax revenue. I shop at Whole foods for limited items its too expensive and not mainstream for the average consumer. I like crest toothpaste !
Evanstonia December 04, 2013 at 08:59 AM
They should see if a chain like Pete's Fresh Market wants the Dominick's on Dodge ... reasonably priced, decent quality, nothing fancy but something regular folks can afford.
ED December 04, 2013 at 09:29 AM
NO way we need a MARIANO`S.NO more organic the city has way to much already . Who can afford those prices? If u cannot get the Italian chain then I suggest a KROGER would make more sense.
Mildred December 04, 2013 at 09:51 AM
You already have a Food 4 Less (Kroger) on Main. Marino's is opening on Touhy. Marino's has already said they probably won't buy any more stores. A couple produce stores looked at opening at Oakton/Asbury a few years ago but never did.
Sue Schell December 04, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Why should we question when a large corporation makes a decision to open a business. I do not think that any of us know all of the marketing info that they are doing before investing their money. I would think the Northwest Evanston people would be delighted that they could walk, ride their bikes to a store they may desire to shop at.
jkerr December 04, 2013 at 10:16 AM
It is possible that Whole Foods could close one of their other Evanston stores if they move into the Dominick's on Green Bay. The location on Chicago now has a lot of competition from Jewel and Trader Joes. The Green Bay location makes them accessible to the North Shore market.
TAKH December 04, 2013 at 10:35 AM
This would make me REALLY happy. I need to go to both Jewel and Whole Foods and having them practically right next to each other would be a huge time saver for me. Also, I find the downtown WF to be very cramped and bc of their size they don't have the selection that the WF on Willow has. Hopefully a WF the size of the Dominick's will have the bigger selection of items. It really makes me sad though to see snippy comments about those who shop at WF. It is more pricey than others, which is why I need to go to Jewel and CostCo too, but I choose to pay those prices for the quality of the items I do buy there and cut corners in other places.
Ali December 04, 2013 at 10:40 AM
I have mixed feelings about adding Whole Foods to that location. I feel something else should replace it. The nearest Whole Foods that's accessible to the north shore other than Evanston is on Willow in Northfield. So it makes sense to put one there. As far as the Dominick's on Dodge? I was under the impression that locations was closing down all together? Roundy's (who owns Marino's) had saved 12 Chicagoland Dominick's as Safeway decided to pull out of the Dominick's chain as it feels that the Dominick's is a weak market! So what does that mean for Dodge St ? That area needs help as it seems almost depressed!
Bernadette Krol December 04, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Hopefully, WF will finally get it right on Green Bay! Their corporation seemed to look down on Evanston and the surrounding area! The two stores that now exist are paltry! However, the Staff Personnel are the BEST!!! I, personally would not purchase fish or meat at any other chain store! WF carefully screens and monitors their providers! WF will discontinue a provider if high standards are not met! Local farmers at the Farmer's Market are also reliable sources of food from animals they raise, and feed organically, on their farms. WF could be much more reasonable with their prices! Their excuse: that the food is organic, is outrageous!!! One of the owners of WF wrote a book called "Compassionate Capitalism". Would be nice if the owners applied their theory to their many stores around the Country!
Nancy Burhop December 04, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I think that a WF on Green Bay will bring MORE tax dollars to Evanston by attracting shoppers from further up the North Shore. I often drive to the store on Willow because I can't get certain things at the Evanston store, a WF on Green Bay would save gas money. At some stage I suspect that the Chicago Ave. store will close. I would welcome a new WF, though I must admit, I was hoping Treasure Island would snap up the location - they're local, and they have a lot of unusual items you can't get anywhere else.
Mildred December 04, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I was hoping Aldi would open another store
annie December 05, 2013 at 06:13 AM
I am an Aldi, Food 4 Less shopper. I have been in the Whole Foods store on Chicago Ave a couple of times. I would rather see Mariano's come to town, rather than 2 more Whole Foods. Even though I am close to Green Bay if in need of food, I would go to Jewel down the street rather than Whole Foods.
Hilde Kaiser December 05, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I am thrilled at the prospect of a WF moving into that location. The other 2 in Evanston are clustered at the Southern end, with the one in downtown Evanston a quite small store. Like some of the other posters, I find myself trekking to the WF on Willow Road more often than not. Why give $$ to Northbrook, when it can stay in Evanston? And like the other posters, I buy the bulk of my groceries other places, but for certain items there is no subsitute for WF. FWIW I found Dominick's rather expensive for what it was - but I will miss the gas points partnership with ExxonMobil.
Greg L December 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Whole Foods is over-priced and only appeals to a small segment of the market. I don't even understand how they can keep two stores in Evanston let alone three. If they open this one, I predict that will close the one on Church and Chicago becasue it has no parking. Personally I was hoping for Mariano's but would have settled for any chain that marketed to a wider segment of the general public and to a more economically diverse clientele. In short, we need a grocery store
Scotirish December 06, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Do you people not know that Whole Foods is from Communist China? Their first logo was the Communist Workers Party logo. I was equally appalled to find that Hobby Lobby sells much of their merchandise that is Made in China, including their patriotic merchandise. The one that made me walk out the door was their merchandise for the "Mother Road" I definitely do not want my Route 66 memorabilia made in China.,
TAKH December 06, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Pretty sure that WF was started by a guy from Texas.
Mildred December 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM
John Mackey Whole Foods Market, Founder From Texas is Correct
Evanstonia December 06, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Must have been from Austin to be that crunchy.
Scotirish December 06, 2013 at 09:19 PM
My bad, just researched it, it wasn't Whole Foods that was from China it was Whole Foods organic food that was from China, check it out on Google.
TAKH December 08, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Check out this statement from WF. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/dispelling-rumors-organics-china
tBook December 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM
deeer "Scotirish:" ...'tis better to be thought of a fool, than to open your mouth & reveal it to be fact"... Also, good folks: I'm fascinated by the fact that another poster (Hilde) seems taken aback that Whole Foods has "2 stores clustered at the Southern end of Evanston." Hilde, which 2 stores would that be?? Hmmm, you may have a point: you probably shouldn't soil yourself by going south of Central St... And Greg: here's a NewzFlash--Whole Foods (at Church & Chicago) has a substantial parking lot above the store...Perhaps, if Hilde & some of her upscale compatriots had periodically slummed down to Dominicks at Dodge & Dempster (I knowm: eeeeww, cooties), you /we wouldn't have lost a "regular people's" store--Dominicks (Ok, Ok, this last piece is questionable!)....
Angela Pozdol December 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I would like to see a Kroger in the Dominick's on Dodge. I real Kroger, not their Food 4 Less brand. It has does not have the selection that a full Kroger does. I not think that they could support a 3rd Whole Foods. I could see them closing one of the other 2 stores since they are both smaller. But, they are both very busy.
Lisa Edwards January 02, 2014 at 12:35 PM
I would like to see Ultra Foods or Treasure Island come into Evanston. But if not, Magiano's or bigger sized Trader's Joe.
Greg L January 02, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Evanston is going to need a grocery store. We don't need another esoteric, target-market store, we need a place where people actually buy things they need every day. Dominick had that quality, Whole Foods absolutely does not. As it is, by virtue of daily needs alone, I don't shop in Evanston but at Jewel on Gross Point in Skokie and at Produce World in Skokie. This is not a protest or a political statement just looking for a place where I can park, shop and buy what i need.
jim January 02, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Walmart Neighborhood Market
Lisa Edwards January 02, 2014 at 03:04 PM
@ Greg L: yes, I go to the Jewel in Skokie all the time.
jim January 02, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Jewel is licking its CHOPS. No Real Competitors


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