CHICAGO — Whole Foods is closing two Chicago stores — including one it opened in Englewood after promising to bring healthier food options to the area.

The Englewood spot and a DePaul University shop are among six locations nationwide being closed by the Amazon-owned grocery chain, a company spokesperson said.

The closure is a particular blow in Englewood, which had been a food desert before the Whole Foods opened in September 2016 at 832 W. 63rd St.

Once the Englewood and DePaul outposts close, there will be 10 Whole Foods remaining in the city. Only one will remain on the South Side, in Hyde Park.

“As we continue to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we regularly evaluate the performance and growth potential of each of our stores, and we have made the difficult decision to close six stores,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We are supporting impacted team members through this transition and expect that all interested, eligible team members will find positions at our other locations.”

On opening day, customers waited for hours to get inside the Englewood store, rushing in and cheering as music played. Then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel — who had pushed for the store’s opening — said the shop would serve as an anchor to bring more investment to the South Side neighborhood.

Officials at the time praised Whole Foods’ opening in Englewood, saying it could help the neighborhood rebuild its commercial area. Company officials said they didn’t expect it to be as profitable as other locations, but the chain was more focused on providing affordable, healthy options to residents.

Neighbors were also able to partner with Whole Foods to sell their products in the store.

More grocery options have since opened in Englewood, though they remain limited.

The chain is also closing a Lincoln Park location in the DePaul University Welcome Center at 959 W. Fullerton Ave.

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