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May 20, 2016

Whole Foods to Open in June

Whole Foods will open its new Hyde Park franchise on East 51st Street and South Lake Park Avenue on June 22, according to a Wednesday announcement. The organic grocery store will open for business at 9 a.m.

The store, which has been under construction for three years, comprises 30,000 square feet in the City Hyde Park development, according to DNAinfo.

The City Hyde Park complex includes apartments and office spaces. A Marshall’s department store opened in the complex Thursday and, along with the Whole Foods, will anchor the development. One of the complex’s two parking lots will serve Whole Foods customers only.

The grocery store replaces Village Foods, a low-cost grocery store that occupied the space until 2012. The Whole Foods construction project was announced in 2005 and originally planned to open in 2014, but the date was pushed back due to construction delays.

Whole Foods plans to celebrate the opening by providing its first 500 customers with gift cards ranging from $5 to $50. One customer will be selected at random to receive a $500 gift card.

The Hyde Park branch will be the chain’s 11th in Chicago. A 12th location is expected to open in Englewood this fall.

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