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Nine Months of Whole Foods News: A Look Back

Ever since the JP Gazette broke the news in January that Whole Foods planned to come to Hyde Square, its been the talk of the neighborhood — and, to a surprising degree, the nation.

This morning, Whole Foods Market . That capped a nine-month flurry of media coverage that began when the JP Gazette broke the story on Jan. 19, 2011 that the upscale grocer would replace Hi-Lo Foods. The owners of the property, , signed a long-term lease with Whole Foods. Here are some of the highlights of that coverage, both from JP Patch and elsewhere.

  • "A Whole Foods Fight in Boston" — The Wall Street Journal weighed in with a report showing that many Latino small business owners support Whole Foods' arrival.
  • Of course, you can visit the store now. But over the weekend, Whole Foods offered media tours to, among others, blogger Steve Garfield, the JP For All/JP Para Todos Facebook page, the Boston Globe, and El Mundo, whose offices are just around the corner from the store.
  • "Whole Foods and the Future of Jamaica Plain" — Radio Boston's coverage included this April roundtable with supporters and detractors of the new store.
  • "" — Whole Foods held a meeting at the Curley School in June, which police shut down after protesters had hung one banner from a balcony and then attempted to unfurl another one in the auditorium. This JP Patch report garnered 348 comments, the most of any story published thus far on JP Patch.
  • The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council took a central role in the debate over Whole Foods coming. The volunteer advisory board narrowly voted in March to support a statement that Whole Foods was ". The group then started an ad-hoc committee which, after much debate, . In the end, Whole Foods , saying they would use their normal policies on giving back to the communities where they have stores.
  • State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, who represents JP, waded into the debate. Initially she unless it created a fund to help mitigate the potential negative effects of gentrification. She later , saying that as a senator she had no power to interfere in a private transaction.
  • Opponents, saying Whole Foods would worsen the negative effects of gentrification, created a lot of their own media, including videos. It is collected at the Whose Foods? Whose Community? Web site.

For a complete archive of JP Patch coverage of Whole Foods, please see the Whole Foods topic page.

James October 31, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Like any junkie, the Patch, wracked by diminishing returns, goes for "just one more fix."
Em October 31, 2011 at 06:09 PM
This is actually relevant. It's been an ongoing story for months and this is looking back since today is opening day. Good job, Patch!

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