Almost everyone’s favorite organic food super store could be planting roots in Harlem. Blog Living Maxwell reports that Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey spilled the beans yesterday during a talk at the supermarket’s Tribeca site. Apparently, he came right out and said, “We are going to be opening up in Harlem,” but then quickly back pedaled, saying “I shouldn’t have said that.” DNAinfo followed up with a spokesperson who confirmed the chain is “exploring the area” but nothing has been finalized.
As we’ve learned from Whole Foods’ previous attempts to expand to gentrifying neighborhoods, there is bound to be drama. The Harlem residents we spoke to are not happy that “more gentrifyers coming into the neighborhood moving out more mom and pops” shops. We’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think, a good or bad idea?