GENEVA – As a chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Deniz knows the importance of eating healthy.
Deniz, who owns Partner in Health in downtown Geneva, has started a petition to bring a Whole Foods grocery store to the space at 2000 South Randall Road in Geneva that previously housed a Dominick's store. That store was one of 72 Chicago-area Dominick's stores to close last year.
"A store that provides the highest-quality natural and organic products and soon to have all products labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms is sorely needed and would receive strong neighborhood support," the petition stated.
There is currently no Whole Foods grocery store in the Tri-Cities area. The two closest Whole Foods stores are in Wheaton and Naperville.
More than 600 people have signed his petition, which is at http://petitions.moveon.org. His goal is to get 1,000 signatures.
Last week, his sister hand-delivered a petition containing 560 signatures to Whole Foods' corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Allison Phelps, public relations specialist for Whole Foods Market Midwest Support Office, said Whole Foods is not currently considering opening a store in Geneva.
"Whole Foods Market is always looking for new, vibrant communities like Geneva, where we think we can be of service; however there are no plans to open a store in Geneva at this time," Phelps said in an email.
Phelps said the company does listen to communities when choosing where to locate a future store and recommended that people contact the company through its website.
Deniz said he plans to continue his petition.
"It's unfortunate that they have no plans at this time," he said. "I hope they might reconsider in the future. It would be nice to have a one-stop shop for organic food, produce and dairy."
Deniz said the attention his petition is generating might make Mariano’s consider opening a store in Geneva. Mariano’s is in the process of opening stores in several former Dominick's stores.