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$4.2 million in tax incentives brings Whole Foods to depressed downtown Detroit
Daily Caller ^ | May 18, 2012 | Melissa Quinn

Posted on 05/21/2012 8:58:29 AM PDT by C19fan

Michigan politicians met in downtown Detroit on May 14 to break ground on a new Whole Foods Market with hopes of boosting the area’s economy and bringing new jobs to the city.

The new store is said to be part of an incentive package that includes $4.2 million in state and local funds. The store will receive tax credits and promise to remain open for seven years after receiving the first installment, Spero News reported.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; flotus; fooddeserts; michigan; mobama; wholefoods
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I thought Michigan and Detroit are broke yet they find over $4 MM to pay Whole Foods to open a store in the middle of the ghetto. Look forward to EBT users swipping their cards for $10 a pound organic and free rang chickens.
1 posted on 05/21/2012 8:58:30 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

This should be hilarious - feeble, pasty vegans encountering inner-city yoots and thugs. I give the joint six months before the shut her down. The theft will be rampant and the staff will be easy pickin’s for the urban feral.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 9:00:18 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: C19fan
It will close very soon due to SHRINKAGE.

Definition: A reduction in inventory due to shoplifting, employee theft, paperwork errors and supplier fraud.

3 posted on 05/21/2012 9:03:01 AM PDT by red-dawg
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To: C19fan

Although I would agree that most of Detroit is a ghetto, this area is different.

“Midtown Detroit is an area that is actually seeing some growth, even while the rest of the Motor City sees stagnation. Located in Midtown are Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Orchestra Hall.”

The Wayne State students will be using their EBT cards there.


4 posted on 05/21/2012 9:03:01 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: C19fan

Ultimately it will FAIL.
Due to “shrinkage” in other words theft.


5 posted on 05/21/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: C19fan

6 posted on 05/21/2012 9:04:42 AM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: C19fan
Look forward to EBT users swipping their cards for $10 a pound organic and free rang chickens.

They already do at other Whole Foods locations...why not Detroit? Whole Foods doesn't want to pass up those EBT dollars. (Guaranteed sales.)

7 posted on 05/21/2012 9:04:53 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: C19fan
Whole Foods in da Ghetto? HA !!

I give it 6 months.

8 posted on 05/21/2012 9:06:40 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: red-dawg

Same exact thing happened after the Rodney King riots...some big grocery chains opened stores in various places in da hood...none lasted. Same reason.


9 posted on 05/21/2012 9:07:01 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

They might stay open longer if they can get a government subsidy to cover their losses.


10 posted on 05/21/2012 9:07:38 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: C19fan
A customer once wanted me to cook for a dinner party at his house, and took me to a Whole Foods to get what was required. It was a 6 course menu for 4 couples.

He wound up spending over $300 in food cost. That's not counting what I charged him, and got tipped by the guests. Or what I used from his wine cellar and bar.

You can bet I damn sure don't shop there when it's my money going to pay for it.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/21/2012 9:07:58 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: red-dawg

LOL. That was my first thought too, before I read the article.

“SHRINKAGE” will be most frequent used “transaction” at that war zone Detroit location.

Whole foods will take the money and run.


12 posted on 05/21/2012 9:10:04 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: C19fan

More wasted tax dollars.

Why anyone, much less the low income, would shop at that over priced tree hugging place is beyond me.


13 posted on 05/21/2012 9:10:39 AM PDT by bgill
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To: C19fan

This is hilarious. Detroit and Michigan taxpayers have to pay over $4 million to get a grocery store to open in Detroit and politicians are bragging about what an achievement it is.

Whole Foods will probably get more incentives and one small grocery store in a city of over half a million people is almost inconsequential. But failed politicians need something, anything, to brag about.


14 posted on 05/21/2012 9:10:43 AM PDT by detective
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To: C19fan

I know many here are not fans of Whole Foods but this is a company that does not make many bad decisions and site selection for their stores is done very carefully. Regardless of subsidies, Whole Foods is just not going to site a store where the demographics don’t work. This site must have some affluent, upscale neighborhoods in the vicinity or WF would not be doing this.


15 posted on 05/21/2012 9:11:52 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: C19fan

another government experiment that will not end well!


16 posted on 05/21/2012 9:12:53 AM PDT by martinidon
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To: C19fan

LOL...since giving ghetto dwellers generous home loans worked out so fabulously, I’m sure paying high dollar businesses to locate in Darkest Detroit will be great.

Today, Whole Foods. Tomorrow, Tiffany’s. You know the locals would love to drop in on a classy jewelry store.


17 posted on 05/21/2012 9:13:23 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: C19fan

Hmmmm...over-priced, over-hyped food outlet opens for political correctness reasons (not because of business/demographic feasibility studies) in an already blighted and decayed inner-city...what could possibly go wrong?!


18 posted on 05/21/2012 9:18:26 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: C19fan

This is truly hilarious. Claiming the hood is fat, lazy and lawless due to lack of nutrition. Unless this store sells, Kools, Malt Liquor and Skittles, they’re doomed. And Whole Foods knows it. They’re opening strictly to avoid the inevitable onslaught of the race pimps and negative press.


19 posted on 05/21/2012 9:20:52 AM PDT by albie
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To: C19fan

Wonderful! Now they have an upscale place to rob.


20 posted on 05/21/2012 9:22:43 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
"I give the joint six months before the shut her down."

I was going to say a year but you are probably closer to what ends up happening.

21 posted on 05/21/2012 9:24:04 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: SamAdams76

“This site must have some affluent, upscale neighborhoods in the vicinity or WF would not be doing this.”

...that’s possible. But I think it’s also possible that they know what happens when they say no to the ghetto. They’re labelled “racists” and in swoops Al and Jesse. The 4 million will help defray the costs for looting.


22 posted on 05/21/2012 9:27:56 AM PDT by albie
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To: C19fan

Lemme guess:

This Whole Foods store is going into an inner city area that happens to have a college campus (or two) nearby.

So the government is paying Whole Foods to reap the benefits (the presence of white suburban kids with access to Dad’s checkbook), of the largely government-supported, BigEducation crime syndicate.


23 posted on 05/21/2012 9:28:02 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Maine Mariner

“They might stay open longer if they can get a government subsidy to cover their losses.”

Crap—I was just thinking that this must be part of a secret deal that has already been made.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 9:28:32 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: tennmountainman

My first thought was a mental picture of the store installing a video surveillance camera at the BACK door.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 9:29:49 AM PDT by red-dawg
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To: C19fan

Nothing for looters in Detroit to take from a Whole Foods store unless they sell fried chicken.


26 posted on 05/21/2012 9:31:29 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: C19fan

Nothing to see here just a Libertarian fleecing another bunch of liberals that think they’re dealing with fellow liberals.


27 posted on 05/21/2012 9:33:14 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: C19fan

Arugula for all! Is this a great country or what?


28 posted on 05/21/2012 9:37:26 AM PDT by ntnychik
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To: C19fan

I look forward to them encountering the mass shoplifting, their first hold up, and their first profit/loss statement from that store.

Heck 4.2 million probably isn’t enough to build a Whole Foods store, much less stock and run it. I bet it folds pretty soon.


29 posted on 05/21/2012 9:40:10 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Little Ray

Same politicians fight AGAINST Walmart when they show up. Expense Whole Foods won’t last in Detroit


30 posted on 05/21/2012 9:43:35 AM PDT by TigerClaws (He)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
feeble, pasty vegans encountering inner-city yoots and thugs.

Whole Foods has the best butcher shop and fish market in Oklahoma City. I only go there to purchase steak and seafood for special occasions, but the quality is amazing. They also have specialty dark chocolate that is to die for. While you may spot some yuppie vegans there, you can also see knuckle-dragging conservatives such as myself.

31 posted on 05/21/2012 9:44:43 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: C19fan

I have a niece who married a Norwegian communist and has since become a devout leftist. Well, they both tell me how if they ever came back to the US, Detroit is the only place they’d consider. “Great things are happening there”. So, knowing that leftists wouldn’t know an original thought from a hole in their head, this must be some sort of general consensus among lefties. Hence, why Whole Foods would ever consider opening their doors there. Man, I wish I could be a fly on the wall when these two demographics collide.


32 posted on 05/21/2012 9:46:48 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: C19fan

Yep, just what Detroit needs to heal—access to $2.99 per each avocados.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 9:55:10 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: C19fan

We are broke. Downtown Detroit actually isn’t that bad, but there aren’t enough yuppies and hipsters to sustain that place unless some of the attorneys there stop at Whole Foods on their way back to Bloomfield.


34 posted on 05/21/2012 9:58:25 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: red-dawg
SHRINKAGE ... Definition: A reduction in inventory due to shoplifting.
Oh, THAT shrinkage.

35 posted on 05/21/2012 10:00:08 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: netmilsmom

Midtown isn’t bad and the Cass Corridor has been cleaned up some, but it’s neighboring areas in three directions are bad.


36 posted on 05/21/2012 10:02:28 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: C19fan

Detroit is a brain dead city on life support.
There is no amount of money that could turn that city around.
A city success is due only the hard work, energy and intelligence of its citizens.
Detroit and California are a glimpse of this country’s future.


37 posted on 05/21/2012 10:02:28 AM PDT by pterional
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To: red-dawg

The camera’s won’t help. The “Shrinkers” will all be wearing hoodies.


38 posted on 05/21/2012 10:03:05 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: SVTCobra03

Whole foods has it’s fans and customers. To each, his own.

However, putting a Whole Foods store in a war zone city, Detroit is asking for trouble. And the will find it soon enough.

When the store closes, and it will, Whole Foods will say they tried. And the race batters will leave them alone.


39 posted on 05/21/2012 10:07:37 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: riri
I have a niece who married a Norwegian communist and has since become a devout leftist. Well, they both tell me how if they ever came back to the US, Detroit is the only place they’d consider. “Great things are happening there”.

The last of my family that was still in the city just left. I have one response to those two. Aaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahaha. If they really want to see Detroit, and I mean the real Detroit away from Wayne State or Downtown, to take a drive down Fenkell from Telegraph eastward.

40 posted on 05/21/2012 10:08:27 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: Darren McCarty

The Megabus stops there. I would go to pick up my Goddaughter coming in from Chicago.

You’re right. A block out is a war zone.
This Whole Foods better have some good security.


41 posted on 05/21/2012 10:14:13 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: circlecity; Buckeye Battle Cry

Who is going to keep watching this story and track the day it closes? You know it won’t make the news.


42 posted on 05/21/2012 10:26:31 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

The theft will be rampant until such time as the store is torched.
(I believe this is the same outfit that opened a new store down the highway from us here about 10 or 15 years on. I went in and explored. Carrots were on sale for $8.00 per pound. I left and never returned. This is exactly what Detroit needs, — ten dollar carrots!? ) OUR TAX MONEY AT WORK!? Forget telling me about “better quality carrots!” — what we need is better quality Politicians!


43 posted on 05/21/2012 10:38:50 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
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To: SamAdams76

Would Whole Foods be going in there without the government’s financial incentive to do so? The answer is clearly, “NO”.


44 posted on 05/21/2012 10:48:12 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: faithhopecharity
The theft will be rampant until such time as the store is torched.

Ofcourse it will. Can you imagine the green weenies who work at whole foods stepping up to Holder’s people who come in and help themselves to some range free chicken and bottles of wine?

45 posted on 05/21/2012 10:49:22 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
You can't fix stupid.

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46 posted on 05/21/2012 11:15:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Darren McCarty

True enough. My Brother in law makes 6 figures working for Compuware downtown. The real problem is that whole foods won’t have much of a customer base.


47 posted on 05/21/2012 11:24:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek; Hot Tabasco; PGalt; CSM; sit-rep; netmilsmom

So will they carry “hoodi”-ya?


48 posted on 05/21/2012 12:00:24 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Darren McCarty
take a drive down Fenkell from Telegraph eastward.

There's no way I would take that drive.

A flat tire, or even stopping at one of the few still functioning red lights could get you in serious trouble.

49 posted on 05/21/2012 12:20:34 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: cripplecreek

“The real problem is that whole foods won’t have much of a customer base.”

Actually, Whole Foods will have a huge customer base.
It just won’t be the paying customer base. It will be the “Shrinkers” ( Thieves who shove steaks down their pants or dresses and walk out). I would hate to even guess what the “SHRINKAGE” will be for that store. That store will be a magnet for gangs and theives in Detroit.


50 posted on 05/21/2012 12:50:42 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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