This would be my pick for the best neighborhood grocery store in Detroit. It is also, as you can see, where lots of locals get in touch with their roots.
Follow over the jump for a selection of the Free Press's preview of tomorrow morning's grand opening.
Dignitaries, events to mark Wednesday's Whole Foods opening
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., will headline the speakers Wednesday morning at the opening of the new Whole Foods grocery store in Detroit’s Midtown district.Thank you, Mayor Bing, for explaining the significance of this store to Detroit. As for what this means for local suppliers, I'll let Susan Tompor introduce one speciality baker who is getting her wares on the shelves of Whole Foods in Detroit.
A short ceremony is planned for about 8:30 a.m. prior to the 9 a.m. opening. The 21,506-square-foot store at the intersection of John R and Mack will employ about 100 workers.
“The opening of the first Whole Foods Market in Detroit is a game changer for our city,” Bing said in a statement Tuesday. “Not only does it offer central-city residents more choices and more convenience for grocery shopping, it also proves that Detroit is an attractive destination for national retailers.”
Sweet Potato Sensations makes pies for Detroit's Whole Foods Market
Business just got a little sweeter this month for Cassandra and Jeff Thomas, owners of Sweet Potato Sensations in Detroit on Lahser Road near the landmark Redford Theater.Sweet Potato Sensations is another business that allows people to connect to their roots through food.
The everything sweet potato bakery — sweet potato pies, sweet potato cheesecakes, sweet potato muffins, sweet potato cookies — successfully connected with Whole Foods Market to sell pies and cookies at the new Midtown Detroit store scheduled to open Wednesday.
I'll have more on Whole Foods' first day of business in the Motor City tomorrow. Stay tuned.