Bill's Newscast: Good-bye Whole Foods

10 February 2017  
Whole Foods is closing its doors in Prescott forever.

Chino Valley residents and visitors should watch out for maintenance work on Highway 89 next week. ADOT maintenance crews will be trimming tree branches within the right of way on Highway 89 between Center Street and Perkinsville Road. This work is being done to keep tree branches from falling into the roadway, presenting a safety hazard to drivers. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 4 pm Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, if you’re going to be in the Wickenburg area tomorrow, be aware that Highway 60 will be closed in both directions from 9:30 to noon. Traffic will be detoured to Vulture Mine Road and Highway 93. The closure is due to the 69th annual Gold Rush Days celebration in downtown Wickenburg.

You have until five tonight to shop at the Prescott Whole Foods Market for one last time. Officials have announced to customers the Iron Springs Road store is closing its doors for good. Back in early 2014, Whole Foods had bought 4 of the 5 New Frontiers Natural Marketplace stores nationwide, including the Prescott store. It took over that building later that year. As of Wednesday, everything in the store had been marked half off and customers have been waiting in long lines to make purchases. However, as one natural foods store is closing, another is getting ready to open to the public. Construction crews have been busy working on the 30 thousand square foot Sprouts store at the former Albertson’s and Haggen store building on Sheldon Street. The new store is scheduled to open at 7 am on Wednesday, March 15th.

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 7:30 tonight to consider items related to a special election. Council could decide to rescind the Call of Election for March 14th and adopt an amended Call of Election for August 29th. The election is being held to ask voters for approval of the bank building on Main Street for 120 thousand dollars. The Town Museum is currently housed in the building, and while some Council members want it to stay, others have expressed interest in using the building for the Town’s courtroom, Council chambers and office space. Also tonight, Council is expected to direct the Town Clerk to send voters the correct ballot information showing the correct address of the property. The special meeting will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69.

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