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Residents want healthier grocery stores in Mid-Michigan

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There is a growing call for some healthier grocery store options in Mid-Michigan.

Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are just a couple national chains that have been mentioned. The two stores specialize in offering healthy and organic foods.

Residents who live in Mid-Michigan have to travel to Ann Arbor or the Detroit area to shop at one of those stores.

"It seems like a no-brainer. With as much traffic that goes through here and half a million people in the tri-city area, that's a market. You've got college communities here, you've got a whole lot of what would be their core customer, constituency right here. So it would seem to make a whole lot of sense," said Peter Sinclair, Mid-Michigan resident.

Phyllis Girrbach lives in Traverse City. Her nearest Whole Foods is about 240 miles away. So when she makes a grocery run, she makes a grocery run.

"I got to go all the way down to Ann Arbor to shop and that's five hours," Girrbach said, adding she would prefer one in Midland.

The Whole Foods draw is a wide variety of fresh, wholesome, organic foods. It's something many residents in Mid-Michigan area are craving.

On Whole Foods' website, there's a place to recommend new store locations. Whole Foods representatives said they take a serious look at those suggestions when they decide where to go next.

As of right now, Whole Foods has no plan to build more stores in Michigan.

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