• How Whole Foods went from a hippie natural foods store to Amazon's latest weapon

    3 days ago - By Business Insider

    Whole Foods has had quite the ride.
    CEO and co-founder John Mackey took it from a small natural foods store in the hippie haven of Austin, Texas to an international behemoth. It was only 10,500 square feet with 19 employees.
    But the idea of natural food stores was only beginning, and as one of the first in the country, the seed that Mackey planted blossomed.
    Through acquisitions of natural food stores around the country, though, the chain became larger and larger and had ambitious growth plans, but was also humbled a few times in its history.
    Before being purchased by Amazon for $13.7...
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