Whole Foods is closing its DePaul store, located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, to in-person shoppers beginning Wednesday.
The grocery chain is temporarily closing its location at the corner of Sheffield and Fullerton avenues to in-store shoppers beginning at 4 p.m. CST on May 13. The store will then transition to servicing exclusively online orders.
“As we continue to face the challenges associated with COVID-19, we are constantly looking for new ways to meet the increased demand for online grocery shopping and serve more customers," a Whole Foods Market spokesperson said in a statement. "During this time, customers who prefer to shop in-store can visit our Lakeview, Halsted, and Kingsbury stores in the Chicago metro area.”
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That Whole Foods location is located on the campus of DePaul University and frequented by members of the school community, as well as commuters using the Fullerton CTA train station nearby.
CTA ridership has dropped significantly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and DePaul students were sent home in March.