Business Booming for Whole Foods in Detroit

Government-induced disaster not total


Despite the flurry of stories related to Detroit's demise—its decision to file for bankruptcy, the mass exodus of its residents and the city's high crime rates—it's also home to a burgeoning organic foods industry. 

Commonly described as a so-called "food desert", Detroit has for decades been without a national grocery store chain in operation. Locals have often had to rely on the processed snacks found on the shelves of their corner liquor stores in order to feed themselves. 

But the city's first Whole Foods opened this June, and despite doubts that residents would embrace an upscale organic grocery store, the chain is seeing booming business at its midtown Detroit location, according to Al-Jazeera America.