Thursday, January 20, 2011

LOCAL NEWS: Whole Foods announces move to Jamaica Plain

Upscale organic food supermarket company Whole Foods today announced it will open an outlet in the diverse Jamaica Plain neighborhood, moving into the space now used by the Hi-Lo Foods on Centre Street, the company said.

“Whole Foods Market has been keenly interested in developing a Jamaica Plain location. We are now eager to become active members of such a strong, diverse neighborhood and to open a store that is reflective of the vibrant community,” Laura Derba, Whole Foods Market North Atlantic regional president, said in a statement. The newest location, at 415 Centre St., will be the fourth Whole Foods Market in the Boston area, the company said. Hi-Lo has been open at the location for decades. It was known for its stock of Latin American foods.

The company, which says it is the country's leading organic and natural food supermarket, said each of its stores is designed to fit the community where it's located. The Jamaica Plain Gazette reported last week that Hi-Lo was closing after 46 years.
"In keeping with the company’s mission, Whole Foods Market plans to source a wide variety of products that meet its strict quality standards as well as the diverse needs of their shoppers," the company said in a statement.

The building will undergo several months of renovations, the company said. Once opened, it will employ about 100 people. The company said it has a long-standing history of hiring people from the community and nurturing the careers of those it hires.

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