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First Whole Foods in Former Dominick’s Set to Open

The first Whole Foods store in a former Dominick's is set to open Wednesday in the Streeterville neighborhood.

The new location, at 255 E. Grand Ave., features several new shopping and dining experiences, including a coffee and wine bar, a living wall, a RAW vegan food venue, a shopping concierge service, a juice bar and a ramen bar.

"Whole Foods Market loves Chicago and we know that the community has been hungry for this store to open for some time," said Michael Bashaw, the Midwest regional president of Whole Foods. "We took the time to design and build a brand new store for this community that would offer not just a full-service grocery store, but a place to meet friends and share each other's company."

For opening day on Wednesday, the store will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Ald. Brendan Reilly at 8:45 a.m. After the ceremony, members of the Streeterville community can sample food, and the first 500 customers will receive a gift card.

The Streeterville store is the first of four new Whole Foods that will open by May of this year. The next one is set to open in Lincoln Park near DePaul University on Feb. 25 followed by one in the West Loop on March 25 and one in Edgewater on April 29. Three additional stores will open by the end of 2015.

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