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Shoppers young, old and in between clogged the aisles of the new Whole Foods store in downtown Minneapolis during Wednesday’s grand opening, which included bread-breaking, samples, giveaways and live entertainment. It isn’t the first grocery in downtown, but the arrival of the store — at 222 Hennepin Av. S., where a Jaguar dealership used to be — represents a significant moment in the transformation of the once-sleepy North Loop neighborhood, which has become one of the fastest-growing in Minneapolis. More than 4,000 people have made the area their home, and businesses have followed, with hopes for more to come.

DAVID JOLES • djoles@startribune.com,

Getting a taste of new Whole Foods

  • September 25, 2013 - 9:16 PM

Shoppers young, old and in between clogged the aisles of the new Whole Foods store in downtown Minneapolis during Wednesday’s grand opening, which included bread-breaking, samples, giveaways and live entertainment.

It isn’t the first grocery in downtown, but the arrival of the store — at 222 Hennepin Av. S., where a Jaguar dealership used to be — represents a significant moment in the transformation of the once-sleepy North Loop neighborhood, which has become one of the fastest-growing in Minneapolis.

More than 4,000 people have made the area their home, and businesses have followed, with hopes for more to come.

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