Skip to comments.$4.2 million in tax incentives brings Whole Foods to depressed downtown Detroit
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 areas 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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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.
Definition: A reduction in inventory due to shoplifting, employee theft, paperwork errors and supplier fraud.
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.
Ultimately it will FAIL.
Due to “shrinkage” in other words theft.
They already do at other Whole Foods locations...why not Detroit? Whole Foods doesn't want to pass up those EBT dollars. (Guaranteed sales.)
I give it 6 months.
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.
They might stay open longer if they can get a government subsidy to cover their losses.
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.
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.
More wasted tax dollars.
Why anyone, much less the low income, would shop at that over priced tree hugging place is beyond me.
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.
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.
another government experiment that will not end well!
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.
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?!
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.
Wonderful! Now they have an upscale place to rob.
I was going to say a year but you are probably closer to what ends up happening.
“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.
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.
“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.
My first thought was a mental picture of the store installing a video surveillance camera at the BACK door.
Nothing for looters in Detroit to take from a Whole Foods store unless they sell fried chicken.
Nothing to see here just a Libertarian fleecing another bunch of liberals that think they’re dealing with fellow liberals.
Arugula for all! Is this a great country or what?
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.
Same politicians fight AGAINST Walmart when they show up. Expense Whole Foods won’t last in Detroit
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.
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 theyd consider. Great things are happening there. So, knowing that leftists wouldnt 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.
Yep, just what Detroit needs to heal—access to $2.99 per each avocados.
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.
Midtown isn’t bad and the Cass Corridor has been cleaned up some, but it’s neighboring areas in three directions are bad.
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.
The camera’s won’t help. The “Shrinkers” will all be wearing hoodies.
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.
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.
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.
Who is going to keep watching this story and track the day it closes? You know it won’t make the news.
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!
Would Whole Foods be going in there without the government’s financial incentive to do so? The answer is clearly, “NO”.
Ofcourse it will. Can you imagine the green weenies who work at whole foods stepping up to Holders people who come in and help themselves to some range free chicken and bottles of wine?
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.
So will they carry “hoodi”-ya?
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.
“The real problem is that whole foods wont 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.