Building to begin in Pullman for Whole Foods Distribution Center

CHICAGO -- More jobs are coming to the Pullman neighborhood as the mayor and other dignitaries broke ground for a Whole Foods Distribution Center.

The warehouse will be the second big building project in the historic neighborhood in a little over a year.

The 150,000 square foot distribution center will sit just north of 111th St., just steps away from the Method factory that opened in April of last year.

It means 150 jobs will be coming to the South Side.

The distribution center is replacing one that's in Munster, Indiana and it will serve 70 Whole Foods stores across the Midwest and Canada.

Over the last two years, the chain has announced a series of development plans for the South Side, with a new store in Hyde Park and one opening in Englewood.

With this distribution center, Chicago's Pullman neighborhood is returning to its roots as a factory hub.

This distribution center is among more than $225 million in investments now moving forward in Pullman, including a new $15 million community center.

City leaders credit President Obama for naming the Pullman community as a historic site last year. That designation, along with the close proximity to Harvey College, are some of the reasons why companies have been investing in hopes of building talent.

“When you create jobs you give people hope.  Crime is down 24% in the 9th ward, violent crime is down 44% because we’ve been able to create those jobs,” 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale said.

In order to compete with Indiana, the city council approved up to an $8.4 million TIF to help pay for preparation costs of this land.

The distribution center opens in early 2018.