No Whole Foods Heading to O'Fallon For Now

Several O'Fallon Patch readers have said they'd like to see either a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's grocery store in the city, but it looks like neither are headed here anytime soon.

Many O'Fallon residents have expressed an interest in seeing a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's closer to home, but they may have to wait awhile. 

As O'Fallon Patch reported in June, a customer relations employee from Trader Joe's said there is no immediate plan to expand to St. Charles County. 

Some readers commented on the O'Fallon Patch Facebook page, and mentioned they would like to see a Whole Foods grocery store instead.

O'Fallon Patch asked Facebook fans in August: What would you rather see close to home? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods? 

Kari Prinke said: "Whole Foods is awesome & SO needed in OFallon!!"

Jackson Thompson said: "Whole Foods, but either is better than nothing."

Maggie Legler: "Whole foods!!! There is a trader Joes in Chesterfield which is not that far away."

Michelle Humphreys Thomason said: "Whole Foods. Larger selection."

Erin Fay Schatteman: "Either but prefer WF. The thing I love about WF is that there is not one product carried in the store that has artificial favors or colors in it. Here is a list of ingredients they don't allow in their products. I love not having to check the ingredients on everything there! They also offer the widest selection of organic produce."

But it doesn't look like the grocery store will be heading close to home anytime soon. 

Whole Foods announced the opening of 10 new stores on its Facebook page on Wednesday evening. 

Here are the new store locations that have just been released:

  • Altamonte Springs & Clearwater, FL
  • Hyannis, MA
  • Morristown, NJ
  • Philadelphia & South Hills, PA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • New York City, NY (Upper East Side & Harlem)
  • North Carolina

The Whole Foods locations closest to O'Fallon are in Chesterfield and Brentwood. 

Ina November 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Try 'Earth Fare', another organic grocery chain. Write us: Earth Fare Home Office 145 Cane Creek Industrial Park Drive Suite 150 Fletcher, North Carolina 28732 Email us: information@earthfare.com
Jim Frain November 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Sadly, the possibility of a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's for O'Fallon is light years away. They won't say the words to us, but clearly we don't meet their demographics and most likely never will. Our houses are not big enough, our incomes are not high enough and there are many other cities who reach their financial goals for their shoppers.... I have lived in O'Fallon for 26 years and I can't tell you how many times I've heard our aldermen (in the past) and our councilmen (when running for office) say that they will get a grocery store on the north side of O'Fallon. Once again, it's not going to happen because once again, the demographics don't meet the specifications of Dierberg's, Schnuck's or Shop N' Save. I know that Councilmen Snowden and Pheney would like to champion the fight for a grocery store for the residents n the north side, but they are realists too.
Jordan Lanham November 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Good points Jim! Thanks for sharing!
Reverend Scott E. Lee November 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Like Mr. Frain, I have lived in O'Fallon since 1986. I have always thought that a grocery store at the Hwy M & Hwy P area is a necessity. I don't understand the local chains resistance to the location. It wouldn't have to be a 'Super Center' with 24 hour service, a florist, and cooking classes. A simple, no-frills grocery store would, I believe, do well in that area. On the other hand, trying to shoehorn a specialty grocer into the City of Winghaven©, MO would be next to impossible. Again, Mr. Frain has it right. The demographics are wrong, the lot sizes in targeted locations are too small, and competition from local groceries (and even the evilness that IS Wal*Mart) would make such a niche market impractical and unprofitable. O'Fallon just isn't upscale enough to support boutique stores. Our collars are too blue, our necks are too red, and we don't have enough green in our pockets. Wal*Mart is what we can get. Unfortunately.
Jim Frain November 08, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Scott, You're preaching to the choir. Right on with every comment.
Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Yosef November 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Grocery stores run on an extremely thin profit margin.
Rosemary Murray November 09, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Please do not ask for Whole Foods to come to O'Fallon. They have GMO's in all the food and it is not listed on the product. There was a Proposition 37 on the ballot in California to make them list the GMO's but it didn't pass as Monsanto was fighting against listing the GMO's. Please go to www.naturalnew.com and you can read all about it.
Rosemary Murray November 09, 2012 at 04:36 PM
That sight for Proposition 37 is wwwNaturalNews.com. Sorry for the typing mistake.
Reverend Scott E. Lee November 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Rabbi, we should find a third and walk into a bar sometime. I understand that grocery stores run on thin margins. I still believe that the north side of town could support a market of some sort. But what do I know? If I was a whiz at this sort of thing, I'd be rich. Feh...


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