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Whole Foods Is Probably Going to Open in Harlem

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The Whole Foods in Chelsea, image via flickr4jazz/Flickr

While addressing the crowd at a Whole Foods in Tribeca on Tuesday, John Mackey, the behemoth supermarket chain's co-CEO, let it slip that they're probably going to open up a location in Harlem. According to Max Goldberg, founder of the blog LivingMaxwell, his exact words were: "We are going to be opening up in Harlem. I shouldn't have said that."

DNAinfo reports that a spokesperson later clarified that nothing is set in stone, and that Whole Foods is "exploring its options in Harlem." But there's one thing that is definite here, and it's that you can't unring a bell.

The article adds that at one point, rumors were swirling that Whole Foods would be moving into the vacant lot at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. And not too long ago, a Walmart in that location seemed like a possibility to a few Harlem protestors. Since Whole Foods has made it clear they're not going to confirm or deny anything, it looks like we'll just have to wait for Mackey to be handed another microphone for any more information.
· Whole Foods Eyeing Harlem Location [DNAinfo]
· John Mackey Discusses Healthy Eating, New Stores in Harlem [LivingMaxwell]
· Harlem Protesters Don't Want a Walmart in Their Vacant Lot [Racked NY]