JACKSON, Miss. – Whole Foods opened its doors for the first time in Jackson Tuesday morning. Hundreds showed up early to be the first people inside. Whole Foods South President Omar Gaye says it took him seven years to get Whole Foods to Mississippi.
“We feel like we have a responsibility to the environment, to sustainable agriculture to animal welfare. It is not just about grocery shopping, it is about making the world a better place,” said Gaye.
Whole Foods is based in Austin, Texas and is the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods. The company hired 165 workers in the community.
“Everything is healthy, how about that,” said Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. “This is not only a representation of growth, in terms of a building in Jackson. This is a representation of growth in terms of quality of life in Jackson. This is just another one of our markers in order to measure our growth of bringing Mississippi from last to first.”