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Whole Foods plans store in Chicago's Englewood

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Whole Foods executives say they're committed to making a planned 18,000-foot store in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood affordable. But they aren't providing details on how they'll do it.

The upscale grocery store chain announced plans Wednesday to open a store in 2016 in the city's Englewood neighborhood.

It's expected to create about 100 jobs.

Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb says the chain is making a commitment to the neighborhood on the city's South Side.

He says a similar project was launched in Detroit in June where distributors agreed to lower prices.

But some Englewood residents are skeptical. They include 57-year-old Patricia Jackson. She says it's too pricey for the area.

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