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It's a high end grocery store that specializes in organic and natural foods, and there's a push to bring a Whole Foods store to Wilmington. An online petition is circulating to bring a Whole Foods to Autumn Hall. It's a new development off of Eastwood Road just a few miles from the Fresh Market in Mayfaire. The new development, along with the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, is trying to sell the idea of bringing a Whole Foods market to Wilmington. At the request of Whole Foods, the WRAR started an online petition to bring the natural and organic market to the Port City. So far they have more than 2,000 signatures, but it takes 5,000 signatures on the online petition before whole foods even considers the request. "It'll stimulate jobs," WRAR president Mary Martin. "More jobs, so that is a plus right there, and then people have choices. It's gonna be their decision. Whole Foods will decide and Autumn Hall area whether there's enough interest." If Whole Foods decides to add a location, it would be the first and only Whole Foods in Wilmington. The WRAR has until mid-May to get 5,000 signatures for its petition. Supporters of adding a Wilmington Whole Foods location even have a facebook page. So far they have 81 members.

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