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Is Whole Foods Coming to Trenton, Woodhaven or Grosse Ile?

Several Trenton and Grosse Ile residents have expressed interest in a Whole Foods store in the greater Trenton area.

The only Whole Foods coming to Michigan is currently being built in Midtown Detroit, according to Woodhaven City Administrator Mark Kibby.

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"We've made contact with Whole Foods several times and the answer is the same," Kibby said. "They just aren’t building in the Michigan market right now."

Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch reached out to Whole Foods to find out if the Trenton area would make a good place for a Whole Foods location.

Kate Klotz, a representative of Whole Foods, said the gourmet grocery chain has explored a number of areas in Michigan and is currently experiencing an aggressive growth rate.

"But I am unaware of which areas they (the Whole Foods real estate team) are exploring," Klotz said.

Klotz said the criteria used to decide if an area is right for a Whole Foods is located on the company website, and are as follows:

  • 200,000 people or more in a 20-minute drive time
  • 25,000-50,000 square feet
  • Large number of college-educated residents
  • Abundant parking available for our exclusive use
  • Stand alone preferred, would consider complementary
  • Easy access from roadways, lighted intersection
  • Excellent visibility, directly off of the street
  • Must be located in a high traffic area (foot and/or vehicle)

With plenty of residents in surrounding areas, Trenton and Woodhaven seem to be perfect matches for Whole Foods -- perhaps Woodhaven more than Trenton.

"The West Road corridor seems like a great place for one of those stores," Kibby said. "We keep trying. That’s also Mayor Patricia Odettes number once request."

Kibby said combining efforts with Trenton could be a possibility.

"We have a great relationship with Trenton," Kibby said. "What's good for Woodhaven is good for Trenton and what's good for Trenton is good for Woodhaven."

Klotz said residents who wish to take action "can shop our current locations (we occasionally do zip code analysis’ to learn where our customers live) and they can send an email to this address: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service."

Find out what Trader Joe's had to say about a Trenton location.

cscharlt November 30, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Gloria - the only real estate that I can think of off the top of my head in trenton would be the Fort/Van Horn building. Even then that is not a designated lot/building, and going any further south of West road will almost certainly put them out of their range of desired traffic and customers within a 20 min drive. Perhaps the old Farmer Jack lot but again I think that is Riverview. As for targeting college educated customers, although easy for me to say since I was lucky enough to get a higher education, is not really an unfair market to target. College graduates statistically earn more money - which makes them more prone to paying the higher cost of food at one of their stores. College grads also tend to settle down in areas that are more conducive to the "Whole Foods" style of living. Lastly recent college grades are probably more educated in regards to the wider variety of foods available and their health implications. I don't think the company means any disrespect to non-college grads, it's just the audience they prefer to target.
JeffMusial December 06, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Woodhaven, Westroad and 75 area make the most sense geographically. Monroe, Toledo, Downriver, etc.etc. Not to mention all the out of state traffic that drives North on 75. would all have access to it. I'd be shocked if it went anywhere else.
JeffMusial December 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Link to request I made a while back.. lets get this going. Share it out on FB. For all Downriver. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/forums/?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7a46641-decf-4337-a3a5-93b2342d08bfForum%3abbfb0510-f536-4fab-9cec-ae561906a267Discussion%3a4c0db728-d963-4d43-a2dc-387ccdb791db&plckFindPostKey=Cat:b7a46641-decf-4337-a3a5-93b2342d08bfForum:bbfb0510-f536-4fab-9cec-ae561906a267Discussion:4c0db728-d963-4d43-a2dc-387ccdb791dbPost:cbdadedd-f057-4cc7-b1e6-e094a2f0980f
Dean Massalsky December 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Reminder, Trentwood. That intersection is a trainwreck, ironically bordering on a train crossing that IS a wreck. The last thing that intersection needs is more anything.
Al&Sue January 05, 2013 at 09:13 AM
Dean - you hit the nail on the head...Van Horn and Fort is a horrible location. I would love to see something there, however b/c of the trains, I avoid going that way as it is.

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