The much-awaited Whole Foods Market at 75th Street just off Route 59 opens Wednesday. Sun reporter Susan Frick Carlman took an exclusive tour of the 50,000-square-foot facility last week - the first of the company's stores built from scratch. With a Naper-centric focus, including a coffee bar, WiFi and fireplace, the planet-friendly, human-friendly store will feature an international section and fresh pies baked on-site. The company also plans to seek food from a 250-mile radius. This means food that's fresher and more nutritious, which will support local economies and require less fuel for transportation, said Kate Klotz, Midwest regional public relations specialist. The city is excited, too. Doug Krieger, the city's finance director, sees assorted benefits on the horizon, including $300,000 in sales tax receipts annually.
Tell us what you're looking most forward to in the new store. How will your shopping habits change? Will the environmentally friendly amenities sway you to shop there? What will this mean to the eating habits of your family?