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Why Caribou Left: Minutes With the Mayor

The first of a new series in which Homewood's Village President Richard Hofeld answers questions from our readers.

Over the past two weeks, Patch gathered questions from readers, for Village President Richard Hofeld. Now, for the next several weeks, Patch will air a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing.

This week's involves the recent departure of the beloved Straight from the mayor's mouth, hear their reason for leaving—and what to expect with them in the future.

Cindy Keilman June 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
With all the talk of Trader Joes, I wonder if anyone is considering Walts Food Center that has served Homewood well for many years. If I were Walts, I would consider all this campaigning by Hofield for a Trader Joes a slap in the face.
TeacherMom June 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I saw that too. My husband and I both thought it was fishy. I had heard that there were plans for that building when Caribou announced they were leaving.
FlossmoorMom June 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Walt's doesn't offer anywhere near the same products as Trader Joe's. For those that need a gluten free diet, or want a lot of organic options, Walt's is not the place to go. Walt's is extremely pricey and caters to a different clientele. My family has many dietary issues, Trader Joe's is our one stop shop for many different types of products- for example, they offer soy, goat, hemp, coconut, almond, rice and lactaid at an extremely reasonable price. I think those who shop at Walt's will continue to do so- those of us who go EVERY single week to Orland, will shop at a local TJ's.
Chris June 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
It occurs to me that IF it's true (hah) that the lack of a drive thru is what doomed the Homewood Caribou, the staff at the Tinley Park location had better watch their backs.
SRJ July 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Everything seems to be leaving the area :(

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