Whole Foods opens this Wednesday, and that opening means more competition and more jobs for the area.
Even though Whole Foods is a national chain you can expect to see local selections throughout the store and 16 new vendors from right here in Lincoln. They're not only offering natural and organic fruits and vegetables, but also hard to find cheeses, prime cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and even pizza.
The grocer is the final installment of The District at O Street project that's been more than two and a half years in the making. Administrators at the Lincoln Public Schools District Office say the store will offer employees and visitors more options in the area.
"Whole Foods is probably the largest business that we'll have, we know there's going to be traffic but we'll learn to dance together," said LPS Building Principal, Thomas Christie.
Neighboring businesses like Massage Envy say they can't wait for the foot traffic.
"Right now, not a lot of traffic flow, but as soon as those doors open more people will be able to see what's around the area and it's going to bring a lot more attention to the development that's here," said Massage Envy Employee, Lars Nolan.
"There's great selection of natural and organic products, I think it's more offerings for Lincoln and they're really going to have some great choices with us," said Whole Foods Store Team Leader, Renee DeMan.
Not only is Whole Foods dedicated to bringing you natural and organic food, they're also providing more than 140 jobs to the area.
According to the Whole Foods website, doors will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday.