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Whole Foods To Open In Newark

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
October 10, 2013

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Mayor Cory Booker Announces Whole Foods To Open In Newark's Historic Hahne's Building

High end grocery chain Whole Foods announced today that it will be opening a new store in Downtown Newark’s historic Hahne’s building.

After several years of negotiating, Mayor Cory Booker has achieved what he calls a personal victory, a Whole Foods in Newark.

“When I mentioned my development dream that I wanted whole foods to come to Newark New Jersey even people on my team thought that that was an impossible dream.”

The upscale chain grocery store will be the main attraction in a redevelopment that will also encompass additional retail space and mixed income apartments. Christina Minardi, Regional President of Whole Foods, says they are excited to be a part of Newark’s growth.

“We want to help to provide healthy organic food and healthy education to all communities and bringing something to Newark is accomplishing that mission, healthy eating for all people.”

Minardi says the store will be less expensive than its pricier counterparts and will provide close to 150 jobs for Newark residents. The project is set to be completed in 2016.

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