A Whole Foods Market distribution center will be built on Chicago's South Side in Pullman, city and grocery store officials announced Thursday.
The project, expected to create 150 permanent jobs, calls for a $7.4 million tax increment financing (TIF) subsidy, which will need Chicago City Council approval.
Scheduled to open in 2018, the 140,000-square-foot facility will be built on empty land and will replace the high-end grocer's distribution center in Munster, Indiana, officials said.
Plans for the Pullman facility come as Whole Foods prepares to open stores in Englewood and Hyde Park this year.
"This distribution center is another example of Whole Foods doubling down on Chicago's South Side and adds to the renaissance that is happening in Pullman," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "Neighborhood investments like these - from stores in Hyde Park and Englewood to this distribution center in Pullman - will be vital community anchors and open up more avenues of opportunity for all Chicagoans. I want to thank Whole Foods for their continuing commitment to Chicago and our neighborhoods."