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The Detroit News reports that Mayor Dave Bing’s office there “is in discussions with Whole Foods to open a store in Midtown, though no agreements have been reached.”

The upscale, organic-and-natural foods retailer, sometimes called “Whole Paycheck” by both detractors and fans, is said to be among a number of chains that the beleaguered city is hoping to attract, as it seeks to solve the problem of food deserts in many of its neighborhoods.
KC's View:
On the face of it, this would seem to be an absurd notion - Whole Foods simply does not seem to be a good fit for Detroit, which continues to have serious economic problems.

But I would not discount the idea entirely. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Whole Foods - which has been known for a somewhat evangelical approach to retailing - decided to bring its brand of “conscious capitalism” to a city that could use it? This would be walking the walk as well as talking the talk ... and would have the potential of being a game-changer.

Stranger things have happened to Detroit. Like Charlie Sheen’s live tour.

So I don’t rule anything out.