Whole Foods Confirms It Will Come to JP, Will Replace Hi-Lo Foods
The organic supermarket announced it will employ 100 people at its fourth store serving the Boston area.
Whole Foods confirmed Wednesday that it will open a market in Hyde Square.
The national organic food chain announced the store, which will take the place of Hi-Lo Foods at 415 Centre St., would employ about 100 people, according to a press release.
Public opinion appears to be mixed on the change. The popular Latin American grocery store, which will close within weeks, has served immigrant populations for nearly five decades.
Some Hi-Lo shoppers decried the change.
"Where are we going to shop now? The bodegas? It's a big mistake," said Jacqueline Battista.
Whole Foods addressed this criticism in their press release.
"Each Whole Foods Market store is designed to fit the community it serves," the release read, "so no two stores are ever identical. In keeping with the company’s mission, Whole Foods Market plans to source a wide variety of products that meet its strict quality standards as well as the diverse needs of their shoppers."
However, there has also been joyful response from commenters here on JP Patch and at Neighbors For Neighbors.
The Hi-Lo store manager, Bill Jordan, said the store has been very successful. But the size of the offer and the timing, given the age of the management team, was something "they couldn't refuse."
Whole Foods said there will be several months of "renovations and capital investments" by the company. The store will be the fourth Whole Foods serving the Boston area.
The property is owned by Newton-based Knapp Foods Inc., which put the property up for lease.
“We couldn’t be happier that Whole Foods Market, with their deeply-rooted commitment to supporting their stores' communities, has signed on," said Knapp Foods president, Stephen Knapp, in the press release. "We are confident that the store will be a positive addition to the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.”