CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a momentous day for one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, as Whole Foods breaks ground on a new distribution center in Pullman.
The 140,000-square-foot facility is expected to bring in about 150 jobs to a neighborhood that played a prominent role in the labor movement at the turn of the 20th century, and has become the focus of revival efforts in recent years.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), and company officials were on hand to break ground Tuesday morning. The facility, which will replace a distribution center in northwest Indiana, will supply some 70 different Whole Foods stores in the Midwest and Canada.
“To be able to say that we actually got a company from Indiana to come here to the city of Chicago is huge,” Beale said.
Longtime neighborhood resident Dee Smith said the facility is a welcome boon to Pullman.
“So many of the factories have been closed. This will help rejuvenate the economy and hopefully help a lot of people get jobs,” she said.