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Whole Foods Kildeer Location Opens Soon

New grocery is about 10,000 square feet larger than Palatine location.

The new Whole Foods Market, 20281 N. Rand Rd., Kildeer, will open March 6. The destination grocer, focusing on organic and sustainable products, plans to have an opening ceremony.

Kildeer Village Manager Michael Talbett said Whole Foods store openings are a big event with people waiting in line for hours to get in. 

Opening day details are still being worked out, said Tanya Kostetsky, marketing & community relations specialist for Whole Foods. 

“We will definitely be providing food, refreshments and entertainment to make the opening morning be a celebration for the community.

Doors open at 9 a.m., ceremony/bread breaking at 8:45 a.m. We literally break bread with members of the village and Whole Foods Market team members-- delicious challah bread to be specific,” Kostetsky said. 

Whole Foods is planning to close its Palatine store, just two miles south of the new location, on March 5, and open the new store the following morning.
“We don’t want anyone to go without Whole Foods for a day,” Kostetsky said. 

Kostetsky said Whole Foods decided to relocate in 2006. “The great thing about the Kildeer store is that it was built from the ground up, so we could customize it. Regardless of size, Whole Foods is designed to be intimate,” she said.

The new store will be approximately 40,000 square feet, which is about 10,000 more square feet than the Palatine store. The staff will grow by about 40 team members. Check out available jobs at Whole Foods. The store will include a taco and sandwich bar and a fresh made pizza station. 

Of the Chicagoland Whole Foods stores, the Kildeer/Palatine store draws guests from the widest geographic range; Kostetsky said the store has many guests that come from the Crystal Lake area. She said some of the shoppers are so far north that their next closest Whole Foods store is in Madison, WI.

Another plus to moving into Lake County will be a lower tax rate for shoppers, Kostetsky said. In Palatine, the tax rate is 9.5 percent; in Kildeer it is 7.5 percent. 

“Whole Foods Market celebrates with its shoppers the joy of eating and living well. Customers rely on us for the freshest, most flavorful, highest quality organic and natural products on the planet - from everyday value items to unique specialty products," Kostetsky said.

She explained that each Whole Foods store is individually designed and operated for the needs of the specific community it serves. "We seek out as many artisan foods, dry goods, meats, seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables as possible from local growers and suppliers," she said.

She added that team members provide customers with a level of personal service and product information that is hard to find in average supermarkets.

Whole Foods Market stores are actively involved in their communities. Each store has “five percent days” throughout the year with five percent of proceeds on a dedicated day going to community not-for-profit organizations in the neighborhood.

"Our current plan is to let our guests vote on Facebook to nominate who they would like to see receive our first 5 percent day at Kildeer. We are looking forward to continuing partnerships with organizations in Palatine as well as new organizations in the Laze Zurich/Crystal Lake area," Kostetsky said.

Charles Stoffel March 01, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Another fine job by Toni Preckwinkle and the Crook County board keeping those sales taxs high so businesses continue to flee to collar counties.
Jeff Bollman March 01, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I will not follow Whole Foods to Kildeer. You built your business in Palatine and you leave...Plenty of choices. Thanks for nothing!!!
bigfoot14 March 01, 2013 at 05:20 PM
The T J Maxx Homegoods store is also leaving for a Lake County location right down the road from the new Whole foods location... both stores complained about the parking situation. I feel (I could be wrong, but I doubt it) that both stores are really fleeing the Wal-Mart store there, and that other stores will leave that shopping center as well for the same reason
TINA TREADWAY March 01, 2013 at 06:48 PM
TJ Maxx is moving into the old Linen & Things by Target on Dundee which is still Cook.
bigfoot14 March 01, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Oh..OK I thought that I had read that they were moving to Deer Park in Killdeer.... which also has an empty Linens & Things .....my bad
Bill from Palatine March 01, 2013 at 10:17 PM
The whole strip seems to be vacating. I have heard that, as a general guidline, a strip mall needs to be revitalized (refaced / overhauled) every 20-25 years or it will go vacant. Let us hope the Half Price Books store remains or relocates close by.
Ellen March 02, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Maybe they can get WalMart to leave too and turn that land back into a farm where someone can raise chickens for the people of Palatine who need fresh eggs.
Whole Foods Market Kildeer March 12, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Hi JSB, Whole Foods Market Kildeer is proud of it's 15+ years in Palatine. Donating over $400,000 to the community and countless team member hours. We look forward to continuing these partnerships and supporting the Palatine community.

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