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About Whole Foods Market, Inc.

Whole Foods Market is the world's largest natural foods grocery chain. Founded in 1980, it pioneered the supermarket concept in natural and organic foods retailing. The company operates more than 500 stores throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. It sells private-label items through its 365 Organic Everyday Value and Allegro Coffee lines, among others, and offers a variety of non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free foods.

Operations

Approximately 55% of Whole Foods Market's exclusive brand offerings are either certified organic or "Non-GMO Project Verified." Other exclusive brands include, but are not limited to, Allegro Coffee, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws, and Engine 2 Plant-Strong.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods has more than 500 stores, throughout the U.K., Canada, and in more than 40 U.S. states including, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, and Connecticut. It has a produce and floral procurement office in California. Subsidiary Allegro Coffee is located in Colorado.

Strategy

After it acquired Whole Foods, Amazon began a plan to eradicate the store's "whole paycheck" reputation by lowering prices on several items nationwide. The grocer's merchandise was incorporated into Amazon's e-commerce platform and Amazon Prime became part of Whole Foods' rewards program. Amazon updated its logistics and merchandising operations with the goal of lowering prices even further. In addition, it installed Amazon Lockers in select Whole Foods locations, allowing shoppers to pick up and return online orders from Amazon.com.

However, in late 2018 the grocer raised prices on hundreds of items, citing increased operating costs on the supply side. Whole Foods tempered those price increases by reiterating its plans to continue lowering prices and offer more promotions where possible. And although Amazon doesn't break out Whole Foods' financial performance, it does appear that its brick-and-mortar operations are a slight drag on its online operations. The grocer will likely need to continue lowering prices and opening new stores to create the volume that will boost its parent's earnings.

In 2018, Whole Foods expanded its Prime Now delivery and pickup services to additional locations, with plans to continue expansion across the US. Delivery is available in more than 60 cities and grocery pickup is available in nearly 30 cities. As the company expands its own grocery-delivery operations, it ended its partnership with Instacart in early 2019. Instacart had been delivering groceries for Whole Foods since 2014.

Responding to its health-conscious clientele, Whole Foods pledged that by 2018 all products in its stores in North America would be labeled to indicate if they contain GMOs. That pledge was amended in 2018: The grocer will not promote a product as non-GMO unless it has been verified by a third party.

Company Background

Whole Foods was incorporated in 1978. The company opened its first store in 1980.

During the 1990s, the company acquired other grocers and food establishments including Wellspring Grocery, Mrs. Gooch's, Fresh Fields, Bread of Life, and Merchant of Vino. It acquired national grocer Wild Oats Markets in 2007

The company was acquired by Amazon.com in 2017.

Whole Foods Market, Inc.

550 Bowie St
Austin, TX 78703-4644
Phone: 1 (512) 477-4455

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Chairman: John B. Elstrott
President and COO: A. C. Gallo
CEO: John P. Mackey
Employees (This Location): 160
Employees (All Locations): 95,000

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX

Other Locations

Mobile, AL
Mountain Brk, AL
Little Rock, AR
Chandler, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Tempe, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Berkeley, CA
Capitola, CA
El Segundo, CA
Folsom, CA
Glendale, CA
Irvine, CA
Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Niguel, CA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Mountain View, CA
Napa, CA
Oakland, CA
Oxnard, CA
Pasadena, CA
Playa Vista, CA
Richmond, CA
Roseville, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Sonoma, CA
Tarzana, CA
Venice, CA
Boulder, CO
Denver, CO
Lakewood, CO
Longmont, CO
Superior, CO
Westminster, CO
Cheshire, CT
Danbury, CT
Darien, CT
Fairfield, CT
Glastonbury, CT
Milford, CT
West Hartford, CT
Westport, CT
Washington, DC
Boca Raton, FL
Clearwater, FL
Destin, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Miami, FL
Miami Beach, FL
Naples, FL
North Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Pembroke Pines, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Sarasota, FL
South Miami, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa, FL
Wellington, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Winter Park, FL
Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Braselton, GA
Duluth, GA
Kennesaw, GA
Savannah, GA
Honolulu, HI
Kahului, HI
Kailua, HI
Chicago, IL
Evanston, IL
Hinsdale, IL
Itasca, IL
Naperville, IL
Northbrook, IL
Park Ridge, IL
Schaumburg, IL
Wheaton, IL
Carmel, IN
Indianapolis, IN
Mishawaka, IN
Schererville, IN
Olathe, KS
Overland Park, KS
Lexington, KY
Louisville, KY
Baton Rouge, LA
Lafayette, LA
Mandeville, LA
Metairie, LA
New Orleans, LA
Andover, MA
Boston, MA
Brookline, MA
Charlestown, MA
Dedham, MA
Hingham, MA
Hyannis, MA
Jamaica Plain, MA
Lynnfield, MA
Marlborough, MA
Medford, MA
Swampscott, MA
Wellesley, MA
Westford, MA
Woburn, MA
Annapolis, MD
Columbia, MD
Portland, ME
Ann Arbor, MI
East Lansing, MI
Maple Grove, MN
Minnetonka, MN
Kansas City, MO
Town And Country, MO
Jackson, MS
Magee, MS
Asheville, NC
Charlotte, NC
Morrisville, NC
Raleigh, NC
Wilmington, NC
Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Bedford, NH
Nashua, NH
Bound Brook, NJ
Closter, NJ
Edgewater, NJ
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Englishtown, NJ
Metuchen, NJ
Newark, NJ
Northvale, NJ
Paramus, NJ
Red Bank, NJ
Vauxhall, NJ
Wall Township, NJ
West Orange, NJ
Albuquerque, NM
Henderson, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Reno, NV
Albany, NY
Amherst, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Lake Grove, NY
New York, NY
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH
Mason, OH
Rocky River, OH
Oklahoma City, OK
Tulsa, OK
Bend, OR
Hillsboro, OR
Portland, OR
Tigard, OR
Allentown, PA
Glen Mills, PA
Malvern, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Wexford, PA
Columbia, SC
Hilton Head Island, SC
Chattanooga, TN
Franklin, TN
Germantown, TN
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Austin, TX
Cedar Park, TX
Dallas, TX
El Paso, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Highland Village, TX
Houston, TX
Irving, TX
Lockhart, TX
Mc Kinney, TX
San Antonio, TX
Spring, TX
Sugar Land, TX
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Park City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Arlington, VA
Fairfax, VA
Glen Allen, VA
Virginia Beach, VA
Austin, WA
Bellevue, WA
Brooklyn, WA
Chicago, WA
Redmond, WA
Riverdale, WA
Saint Paul, WA
Seattle, WA
Shrewsbury, WA
Vancouver, WA
Milwaukee, WI
North York, Canada
Oakville, Canada
Toronto, Canada
Vancouver, Canada