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Duluth Whole Foods Co-op Expanding to Denfeld Neighborhood

Updated: 02/25/2014 5:32 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 10:58 PM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund & Maarja Anderson

A Duluth natural grocery store is expanding.

The Whole Foods Co-op announced their second location will be at 45th Avenue West and Grand Avenue.

Shannon Szymkowiak, the cooperative's promotions and education manager, said their 7,600 owners wanted the second location.

"Both because we are starting to get a little cramped in this location and also because we have a lot of shoppers that live in Superior and Proctor and the West end of Duluth and wanted a store a little more convenient to them," she explained.

The second location is across from Denfeld High School. Currently, the property includes a Jefferson Lines depot and several vacant lots. Szymkowiak said they will close on the property in June and then they will demolish the depot and begin environmental testing.

No date has been set for when the second location will open, but Szymkowiak said they do know the retail store will be at least as large as the 610 E. 4th Street location.

West Duluth doesn't have a lot of choices for grocery, said Szymkowiak, so they are happy to be bringing an option for fresh, local food to the area.  One neighborhood over, Lincoln Park, is a USDA-identified “food desert” – a neighborhood where there are substantial physical and economic barriers to accessing good food.

Eyewitness News asked the Fair Food Access Campaign how this second location will help the neighborhood and they said it will create better access for West Duluth residents, but geographic and economic barriers will still persist for many Lincoln Park residents.

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