CHICAGO - In one of Chicago's most violent and poorest neighborhoods, an upscale grocery store will be built by 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week. Chicago's DNAinfo.com compared prices between another Whole Foods in Chicago and an Aldi near the location planned in Englewood, and found Whole Foods to be more expensive - sometimes by a little, sometimes by a lot.
For example, Aldi Grade A Large Eggs, 12 count, cost 89 cents and Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Large Brown Eggs, 12 count, cost $2.99. Aldi Whole Milk, 1 gallon, cost $1.89 and Whole Foods Whole Milk, 1 gallon, cost $3.49 (organic $5.99). Aldi Happy Farms Mexican Shredded Cheese, 12 oz., was $2.99 and Whole Foods' Andrew & Everett Mexican Mix Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., was $5.99.
According to the American Community Survey, the median household income in Englewood in 2011 was $19,692 - very much within income boundaries to qualify for food stamps, raising the question as to whether Englewood residents will demand an increase in food stamp allowance rates because of the higher cost of groceries coming to the area.
If the upscale Whole Foods causes food costs to rise in the area, could the grocery store Mayor Emanuel boasts this week eventually cost taxpayers more?