“Initially when I heard about Whole Foods Market coming to Englewood, I thought there is no way possible this will work here, especially as we think about the current income levels of many of the residents.  However, regardless of those various income levels, we can all agree that access to affordable healthy food options should be a priority in communities like Englewood.  I appreciated the deep dive both Whole Foods and Whole Cities made in order to truly support our community and allowing residents to lead the way in terms of the design, local suppliers, hiring practices and the continued investments made prior to the opening day.  I think at this point an authentic relationship has been established and will continue to grow and hopefully be a model for other corporations that chose to invest in my community.” 

Aysha Butler


R.A.G.E – Resident Association of Greater Englewood


“Teamwork Englewood is delighted that Whole Foods Market is opening a store in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.  This store will serve as an economic engine for our community because it is bringing many new jobs and is supporting local entrepreneurs.  Plus, it will give residents access to fresh produce and vegetables.  Whole Foods has been a terrific corporate partner because they worked closely with the community to deliver a store that will fit our needs.”

Perry Gunn

Executive Director

Teamwork Englewood