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In 2013, Sachse was hired to complete the ground up construction of a Whole Foods grocery store in mid-town Detroit, it’s first location in the city. Whole Foods Market is located on a busy corner between Mack Avenue and John R Street in Midtown, Detroit. Less than a mile from Downtown, Detroit, the neighborhood around Whole Foods is home to Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, various shops, restaurants, cafes, and apartments. The architecture of Whole Foods Market reflects the vibrancy of the neighborhood. The front patio encourages visitors to stay and linger on the street, and a bright mural painted on the back of the building beautifies John R Street. Over 200 pieces of specialized grocery and food service equipment were installed inside of the store with custom unique finishes like car hood tables.
With offices less than a mile away, Sachse was able to efficiently manage site logistics and maintain traffic flow around the site without disturbing the neighboring retail spaces and multi-block medical campus. During construction, the project team was faced with the challenge of building the complex infrastructure on poor soil conditions. Sachse overcame this issue by using a geopiers foundation to support the retail store. Daily communication between the Sachse team, architects, and client were key to meeting this challenge and for the overall success of the project.
The Midtown Whole Foods attracts shoppers from the immediate neighborhood, throughout Detroit, and the suburbs outside the city. The decor reflects Detroit’s unique identity as the Motor City and home of Motown Records. Whenever possible, the designers used reclaimed Detroit materials like signs, auto parts, and local art. Walking into the store gives patrons a sense that is uniquely Detroit.