Whole Foods Teases the West Loop

Whole Foods sign outside 550 West Washington Street

The following is true: “Whole Foods has opened in the West Loop.”  But that’s not the Whole story.

Instead of building a full store, the granola grocer has opened a single refrigerated case with a cash register in the lobby of 550 West Washington. Don’t get too excited.  There are no Peanut Butter Bumpers, or bulk bulgar.  It’s just sammitches and lunch-time edibles.

While new choices are always welcome, it would have been nice if Whole Foods had opened inside one of the hundreds of empty storefronts nearby instead of squatting in a lobby.  But hopefully, WF is testing the waters to see if some expansion is warranted in the area.  The nearest full store is at 1101 South Canal Street, about a mile and a half away, and not reachable from the West Loop by public transportation.


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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