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Feb 23, 2014 07:32 PM

Are any of you in favor of having a whole foods in Montreal?

I emailed them about it and they just said that they will share it with their store development team. Are you guys in favor of having one? Let me know what you think, email them as well if you would like one maybe if they get enough support they will build one here.

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  1. Not that we can't have another one, of course, but here are some past discussions on the same topic:

    Whole Foods (probably) coming to Montreal!

    Whole Foods in Montreal?

    1. No we have everything we need.

      Even a "general" supermarket like IGA now has a surprising selection of gourmet and bio products.

      And don't talk about the suburbs, they have Tau and Adonis too.

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      1. re: ScoobySnacks20

        "And don't talk about the suburbs, they have Tau and Adonis too."

        And Avril.

        1. re: ScoobySnacks20

          Not to mention Jean Talon and Atwater markets.

          1. re: ScoobySnacks20

            That's ridiculous. Whole Foods is an entirely different level from Tau and especially IGA. Of course there is value in opening WF in Montreal.

            1. re: frogsteak

              Yeah you're right, it's way more expensive and pretentious.

          2. Found this article this morning.

            But since I am not in Quebec....but in a food desert here in NY...

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            1. re: Raffles

              Well, I have no use for homeopathy and know no adepts of it. There have always been food fads. I do sometimes take BioK+, a probiotic yoghourt recommended by a doctor - only when tummy is upset, after the flu or travelling etc. And it is not a matter of making one "go". Never had that problem. To avoid TMI, let's just refer to the sweet spot on the Bristol Stool Scale...

              Sorry, I don't think it is anywhere near as dangerous as religious fundamentalist fanatacism. Food faddists are boring and needy at worst: they don't blow up abortion clinics or office buildings, or spit (or worse) on women of their faith community who are "immodestly" dressed.

            2. I'm indifferent to their opening here. They are far more expensive than other places where I find a good range of quality foods. I shop organic when I can afford it (for example, organic flour and other grains) but go for local before organic. I shop at JTM and Milano, both very close to my place, do shop (carefully) at chain supermarkets; mostly Metro, IGA and Loblaws because I can walk there, and smaller, more interesting chains such as PA and (some stores of) Intermarché. And different boulangeries, greengrocers, "ethnic" shops etc.

              PA's original location store is expanding (also moving a tiny bit closer to my neighbourhood) and they are planning to open a bio shop in their previous premises (which they own).

              I'd follow a Whole Foods circular online and perhaps cherry-pick sales, if it is walkable or cyclable from my neighbourhood, just as I might do with 5 saisons on Bernard. I don't think it would close anywhere I shop, so it would have very little impact on my life or shopping habits.

              1. I'm not certain as to the value of bringing Whole Foods here or if it even fits in with the way people in this province like to do their food shopping.

                Whole Foods announced that they would be opening a store here last year, and nothing seems to have come of it. Perhaps they did some market research and realized it wasn't viable.

                The big supermarket chains are currently upgrading their offer and bringing in products that one would associate with places like WF. Organic supermarkets are not expanding that much, so one should wonder if there really is that much demand for them outside certain neighbourhoods or towns.

                These stores appeal mostly to upper-middle class white people who like to think that they are improving their karma by spending (too much of) their money there. Quebecers have a reputation for being less frivolous than other North-Americans when shopping for their food. And I reckon that they don't use food shopping to assert their status as much as other North-Americans either. Not that we don't partake in conspicuous consumption. We just don't do it at the supermarket.