Whole Foods Market is kicking off 2018 with a bang as it rearranges not only its managerial staff, but also looks to Chicago to house its latest distribution center.
Yesterday morning, Whole Foods veteran Nicole Wescoe was appointed Northeast Region President after dedicating 24 years in the bakery, specialty, and grocery departments and serving as Regional Vice President of the Northeast region since 2013.
“I am beyond excited to return to the Northeast to lead the region in partnership with our accomplished team,” shared Wescoe in a company press release. “The Northeast is a Whole Foods Market leader when it comes to operations and culinary innovation and the opportunity to build on that existing strength and elevate the customer experience in our stores is incredibly inspiring.”
And, as part of Whole Foods’ takeover of the grocery landscape, the retailer is housing its newest distribution center in Chicago in order to boost its access to major transportation avenues for the retailer’s 26 Chicago-area stores, and serve an additional 34 locations across the Midwest and Eastern Canada.
“The Pullman neighborhood is an ideal location for our new distribution center,” said Midwest Regional President Michael Bashaw. “The proximity to major transportation and other business needs will help us to better serve our customers and support our stores in the Midwest and Ontario. We are now closer to the majority of our stores, shortening delivery time, and, in the long-term, we have plenty of additional space for expansion to support growth.”
Built with an emphasis on environmental improvements, the facility comes equipped with the following attributes, according to a press release:
“Whole Foods' decision to move its Midwest distribution center to Chicago is a vote of confidence in the city and another sign of the economic renaissance underway in the historic Pullman community,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “The new distribution center, coming on the heels of new Whole Foods Markets in Englewood and Hyde Park, is bringing more investment and opportunity to Chicago communities.”
The 16.5-acre plot in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood is expected to employ 100 team members, many of whom moved from the company’s previous facility in Munster, Indiana. The new distribution center will allow Whole Foods Market stores to replenish products faster, with the location expecting to move an average of 200,000 cases each week to locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Ontario.
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