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Whole Foods opening date shifts slightly

The Whole Foods Market under construction in Jackson’s Highland Village will open late this year.

It’s not a big one, but it is a departure from the date given at the groundbreaking last November, when officials said the opening date would be fall 2013.

A Whole Foods spokesperson could not give a more specific date.

“We don’t typically announce an opening date until about three weeks out,” Darrah Horgan Wednesday afternoon in an email to the Mississippi Business Journal.

Horgan said the natural foods grocer has already implemented some of its outreach programs designed to connect local producers with the store. Whole Foods held an open house for local vendors a few months ago, and will have similar events leading up to the opening.

Whole Foods also has a local producer loan program, in which the company makes low-interest loans to potential producers to spruce up their operation enough to meet the company’s standards. Mississippi’s version of that program will also wait until closer to the opening date before starting. Loans range from $1,000 to $100,000.

The Jackson store will be the first Whole Foods in Mississippi. It will sit on the east side of Highland Village adjacent to Old Canton Road. White Construction Co. of Jackson is building the 30,000 square-foot store.

  1. JR Denman
    July 11th, 2013 at 18:25 | #1

    I’ve been looking forward to the opening of Whole Foods Market in Jackson ever since the first announcement, but the delays are driving me crazy! I shopped at Whole Foods when I lived in Dallas, and having WF here in Jackson will be such a major improvement over no supermarkets but Kroger (with horrible to non-existent customer service and poor food selection) or the few other (worse) choices in Jackson.

    I’ve been driving to Fresh Market in Ridgeland, where they have great customer service and some organics, but not as large a selection as I expected. I hope I’m not getting my hopes set too high about WFM, only to be disappointed. Their website is definitely not customer friendly. They don’t give any information about stores under construction, and you can’t talk to anyone at a main customer service line. You have to “choose” a store. Well, right now the closest one is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

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