Months after announcing a controversial planned move to Jamaica Plain, Whole Foods Market has scheduled its first community meeting in the neighborhood, Whole Foods spokesperson Heather McCready told the Gazette.
The meeting will be held June 2 at the Curley School at 493 Centre St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m., she said.
“It will be an open discussion. We plan to share pretty much all the information we have at that time,” McCready told the Gazette. She said details of the meeting’s format and agenda are still being finalized, and will be described in an open letter Whole Foods plans to send out next week.
The Gazette first reported on Whole Foods’ plans to move into a grocery store space at 415 Centre St.—the former home of Hi-Lo Foods, a Latino grocery store—in January.
The scheduled hour-and-a-half-long meeting is sure to be action-packed. Whole Foods move has been the talk of the neighborhood for months, and residents and elected officials are sure to bring up a number of issues at the meeting, including local hiring, traffic and parking concerns, and the possibility of Whole Foods setting up a trust fund to support local affordable housing development.
There are also numbers of people who strongly support and strongly oppose Whole Foods’ planned move.
Whole Foods plans to open in the fall.