Shoppers launch campaign to keep Whole Foods Market in Vancouver

first_imgLocal residents disappointed by the closure of the Whole Foods Market in east Vancouver have begun campaigning to save the store — but in a new location.Shoppers were informed two weeks ago the Whole Foods Market in the Mill Plain Plaza shopping center — the only Whole Foods in Clark County — is scheduled to close on or around Aug. 18.Several shoppers on social media said they hoped the company could find an alternate location for the store. One took it a step further by creating a Change.org petition urging the company to consider relocating the store to the downtown Vancouver area.The petition had more than 450 signatures as of Wednesday.The campaign taps into a longstanding frustration among downtown residents: the lack of any full grocery store in the core downtown area. The closest options are the Fred Meyer at the Grand Central shopping center and the Safeway on Main Street near 39th Street.The petitioners also lament the lack of healthy food options in Vancouver, and argue that the closure of the Mill Plain Whole Foods will affect shoppers as far away as downtown Vancouver because residents were willing to drive out to the city’s east side to purchase Whole Foods’ healthier products.last_img

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