Everyone's favorite organic food super store could be planting roots Uptown. Blog Living Maxwell reports that Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey spilled the beans yesterday during a talk at the supermarket's Tribeca location. Apparently, he came right out and said, "We are going to be opening up in Harlem," but then quickly back pedaled, saying "I shouldn't have said that." DNAinfo followed up with a spokesperson who confirmed the chain is "exploring the area" but nothing has been finalized.
As we've learned from Whole Foods' previous attempts/decisions to expand to gentrifying neighborhoods, there is bound to be drama. Will Harlem residents long for the Harlem of yore, lamenting the new store like some aging Williamsburg hipsters? Or will it be a long and drawn-out eight year saga like in Gowanus? We'll just have to wait and see.
· Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods John Mackey Discusses Healthy Eating, New Stores in Harlem and Detroit, Wellness Clubs [Living Maxwell]
· Whole Foods Eyeing Harlem Location [DNAinfo]
· Whole Foods coverage [Curbed]