Gourmet grocery store chain Whole Foods announced Monday that it will open stores across North America starting April 3 in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle.

The chain said the first store in each city is expected to open on April 10.

The chain said that it plans to open more than 1,500 new stores this year.

“This is a great day for us to celebrate with our customers, and for our community,” said Amy Goldberg, vice president of grocery store operations.

“The growth of our grocery business will drive us to a more sustainable future and make us more innovative and competitive.”

Whole Foods said the company is investing $3 billion in new stores over the next decade.

“We are very proud to be a part of the growing and vibrant food movement that is so important to our community, our planet and our economy,” said Greg LeMond, CEO of Whole Foods.

“This is an exciting day for our customers and a huge win for our communities.”

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