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Whole Foods to open its 1st south suburban store in Orland Park

Whole Foods Market has selected a 27,000-square-foot former Borders Bookstore store in Orland Park as its first location in Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs, the chain recently announced.

Michael Bashaw, the company’s Midwest regional president, said in a prepared statement that the operation at 15260 S. LaGrange Road would open in the fall – roughly 12 months after the closing of the Dominick’s store at 15080 S. LaGrange - and employ 150-160 persons.

Currently, Whole Foods Market operates 17 food centers in Chicago’s north and western suburbs. The Austin, Texas-based company, which bills itself as the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, focuses on fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, specialty items, high-quality meats and poultry, everyday pantry staples and sustainable seafood.

Fortune magazine has named the company one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. for 15 consecutive years – every year since the list’s inception. In addition, the company boasts an 80 percent full-time employment rate nationwide – nearly double the rate of its competitors. This commitment to the company translates to increased passion and product knowledge by its team members, Bashaw said.

One of those competitors, German-owned Trader Joe’s, at 14924 S. LaGrange, is within walking distance of the proposed Whole Foods Market location.

Residents shopping for food in Orland Park currently also frequent Jewel, Costco, Meijer and Target stores.

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