Region residents will have to wait a whole year before Whole Foods brings its organic kale and grass-fed beef to Schererville.
Whole Foods Market on Wednesday officially confirmed the 40,000-square-foot upscale supermarket, its first in Northwest Indiana, will open in 2015 in the new Shops on Main retail center at Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street.
"Schererville is not only a dynamic and energetic community, but also one with a strong passion for natural and organic foods," said Whole Foods Midwest regional president Michael Bashaw. "We are delighted to join this community and support the wonderful people who live in it."
The store is targeting foodies and the health conscious by selling organic produce, sustainable seafood and antibiotic-free meats. The Schererville location will have a butcher, fishmonger, baker and a team of chefs making take-out meals.
Whole Foods plans to contribute to the Northwest Indiana community, such as by making daily donations to local food banks and through its quarterly community support day, where 5 percent of a day's sales are donated to a local nonprofit. Customers also can choose to have a 10-cent bag refund donated to nonprofits.
"Whole Foods Market genuinely cares about the communities it calls home," Bashaw said. "And we are overjoyed to join the Schererville community."
Construction is expected to begin in the spring or summer, and take as long as a year.