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.READ MORE: Red Cross Day Of Giving: Here's How You Can Help!
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.