Whole Foods Proposes Lake Forest Store

Redevelopment plans, which are in the early stages, are scheduled to be presented in November to the Plan Commission.

Lake Forest officials will soon review a redevelopment proposal that includes the construction of a Whole Foods Market at the southeast corner of Route 60 and Saunders Road, GazeboNews reported.

Whole Foods announced its plans for a 45,000-square-foot Lake Forest store on its website in July. The company hopes to open the store in 2015, it said in its press release.

“This new location will allow us to create lasting connections within the Lake Forest community and provide greater convenience to our customers who might otherwise had to travel to one of our other locations,” Michael Bashaw, Whole Foods Market midwest regional president, said in the release. “We look forward to building strong relationships with community groups within the City of Lake Forest and the opportunity to serve our neighbors in meaningful ways.” 

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Lake Forest officials have received a preliminary plan from the potential developer, but have not been in touch with Whole Food representatives, Catherine Czerniak, director of community development, told GazeboNews.

The redevelopment proposal will be presented to the Lake Forest Plan Commission at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at City Hall, according to GazeboNews.

The news comes as Safeway prepares to close its 72 Chicago-area Dominick’s stores, which include a location in Lake Bluff. Some Patch readers have said they’d like to see a Whole Foods replace that store.

Really? October 24, 2013 at 08:22 AM
Me, your comment is contradictory. Further, you obviously no nothing about clean, unprocessed food or products that more than just a minority of the population purchase regularly. Our needs are not serviced by the local choices.
RSG October 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM
I agree the council was short sighted to let Costco go across the road. However, my comment about Whole Foods wasn't from a tax revenue standpoint, but from a need in the community for better grocery stores. The Fresh Market was certainly a great addition to the downtown, but the west side could use Whole Foods. Having access to organic and less processed foods is something we need.
Me October 24, 2013 at 03:22 PM
@RSG - Is it really too much to be asked to drive all the way to East Lake Forest or Deerfield in order to purchase groceries? @Really - I do "no (sic) about clean, unprocessed foods". Your rather judgmental comments about what I know and don't know speaks volumes.
Stu Pidasso October 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Raquel Cristina Jackson October 31, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I live in east LF and a Whole Foods can't come soon enough to Lake Forest. While I love Fresh Market, the selection is limited. And I'd rather not drive all the way to Deerfield with a baby and toddler in tow.


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