January 10, 2017
Whole Foods Market will open a new 29,000 square-feet location in Newark come late winter 2017. The location is set for 609 Broad St. - the historic Hahne & Co. building.
The building was once used for the successful Hahne & Co. department store, which opened its doors in 1901. The business finally closed in 1986. For nearly 30 years, it stood vacant until it was converted into a mixed-use development of retail space and apartments.
Whole Foods Market is set to offer 110 new jobs, grants and microcredit lending. For those interested in a job, they can visit the store's official website.
Whole Foods Market has developed the Whole Cities Foundation - a nonprofit organization that provides Newark-based community organizations centered on bettering food and health access $5,000 to $15,000 grants. Grant winners are set to be announced alongside the Newark store's grand opening.
On top of that, the Whole Planet Foundation will provide up to $250,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the area. Interested persons can learn more by visiting the foundation's micro-financer Grameen America.
Whole Foods is continually looking for new community partnership opportunities through the development of the community advisory board, which is comprised of Newark residents.