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PHOTOS: Whole Foods Signs Go Up

Whole Foods Market has erected signs at their new Hyde Square store. The grocer has said it aims for a late fall opening.

Whole Foods signs are now up at the site of the grocer's new Jamaica Plain store. The grocery store has said it aims for a late fall opening.

While many JP residents say they are thrilled at the store coming to the neighborhood, other residents have opposed the store, saying it will worsen what they say are negative effects of gentrification.

The store is replacing the former , which catered to the Caribbean and Latin communities.

For complete JP Patch coverage of this issue, please see our Whole Foods topic page.

Chris Helms October 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Editor's note: I just deleted an otherwise innocuous comment because the person was using an alias. I'd reached out to the person last week to please change from the alias.
James LaFond-Lewis October 11, 2011 at 04:57 PM
According to Wikipedia, Chinatown was "first settled by Anglo-Bostonians," then...Irish, Jewish, Italian, Syrian, and Chinese immigrants." And as for the North End. "Successive waves of immigrants came to Boston and settled in the neighborhood, beginning with the Irish and continuing with German and Russian Jews and Italians." Why shouldn't Jamaica Plain, in its accepting entirety be proud to showcase its Latino population wherever it asserts itself in a healthy way, like a mural?
James LaFond-Lewis October 11, 2011 at 05:32 PM
I should add that Wikipedia quotes Anthony Sammarco, author of several Boston neighborhood histories, including "Boston's North End (Then and Now)" and more than one on JP. I should have gone right to the source in the first place.
Chou October 13, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Yes indeed! A big huge welcome to the JP Whole Foods Market. Very excited and hoping it will be the same type of Whole Foods we have been used to across the country.
Derryl October 13, 2011 at 05:50 PM
How thrilling that after so many years of tough maneuvering on an icy sidewalk below the mural due to poor drainage, there is hope! There is drainage digging going on now. We may be able to walk down the Perkins Street sidewalk this winter and not fear a broken leg.

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