Given the animosity towards Whole Foods by a crowd that strongly supported the local organic grocery store, Good Earth, I was impressed that an employee of Whole Foods showed up to represent the company. Or at least he was identified that way by the BRVA program and by the panel's moderator. I was stunned to learn later that the man portrayed as being with Whole Foods, Bryan Chandler, is actually a local real estate developer. the principal owner of Eclipse Real Estate.
I have to admit, I don't buy into the notion that organic food is healthier than non-organic food. Organic food certainly costs more. Further, I think it is Whole Foods' right to move into Broad Ripple and compete with Good Earth. But there is a big problem with the good old fashioned free market competition between the two stores. The large national chain, Whole Foods, would be subsidized with our property tax dollars while the local Good Earth gets no subsidy. That's not the free market at work.
But it meant something to me that night that a Whole Foods representative actually showed up to defend the project. Turns out that was an illusion. Bryan Chandler is no more an employee of Whole Foods than I am.