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Whole Foods Corporate Office

Whole Foods Corporate Office Address

Whole Foods Market, Inc.
550 Bowie St
Austin, TX 78703

Contact Whole Foods

Phone Number: (512) 477-4455
Fax Number: (512) 482-7000
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Email: Email Whole Foods

Executives

CEO: John P. Mackey & Walter Robb
CFO: Glenda Jane Flanagan
COO: A. C. Gallo

Whole Foods History

Whole Foods Market began in 1978 when current co-CEO John Mackey and his girlfriend opened a natural food store called SaferWay in Santa Monica, California.

In 1980, SaferWay merged with another natural grocery store, resulting in the first Whole Foods location in Austin, Texas.

The following year, a huge flood devastated Austin.  Whole Foods lost all of their inventory and had no insurance.  Neighbors chipped in to help fix the damage.

In 1984, Whole Foods expanded to Houston and Dallas.  In 1988, the expansion continued to New Orleans.  In 1989, a Palo Alto location was opened on the west coast.

The company continued to grow in the 90s and the 100th location opened in Torrence, CA in 1999.

There were several acquisitions in the 2000′s and the chain continued to grow.  A flagship 80,000 sq ft store was built in Austin in 2005, which also serves as the Whole Foods corporate office.

Today the company operates more than 330 locations in the US, Canada and the UK.

 

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M Lawrence September 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I was so excited to hear that you have a store slated for Shreveport, LA. Then my excitement waned when I found out where it will be. I know you have done market research and I’m sure our realtors where very helpful, but I’m afraid you will turn off a whole segment of our community and surrounding areas by putting it on 70th Street. That is the most difficult area to navigate during peak shopping times because it becomes so congested. I avoid that area at all costs during rush hour, and I know a lot of other potential customers who would tell you the same thing. I believe you would have better success putting your Shreveport store near Academy and Home Depot on Bert Kouns. That area is still plenty busy, but not nearly as congested. In that area i don’t think you will not turn off anyone.

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Teresa Moore September 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I would like to talk to someone in the Construction Dept. I represent Carpentry Contractors who would like to bid on a tenant fit out for the Centerville/Dayton Ohio Store. We monitor and promote area standard contractors of this area. Please email me or cal 513-593-****.

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harold Schiffman August 31, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I saw the TV interview this morning of the chairman. (Sunday 8/31/2014) I was so happy to see him explain why the people work together in the store as a team. I go into the Lake Grove store, in Long Island NY and everyone that you ask a question to does not just point but will take you there, when you check out they smile and ask if we found everything and if a question comes up they seek a person to help. I keep this positive as the people who work for you in that store (and I am sure most others) take working there as a serious and “friendly” opportunity.
To hear that the team gets to interview to see if that person would fit in great idea but I am sure there is one who heads it up. Coming from years at Intel retail division I learn as we said culture, put across what we are trying to accomplish, suggestions and as a team, group if something is not going the right way together think how we change. MY POINT YOUR COMPANY AND STORE WORKS SO HARD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. Always a smile, always a hello as you pass them. Bottom line makes me feel good to go in.
I am glad for that interview today, find a way to share so people understand that is the goal of the company and the employees. Let the consumer better understand that you work so hard to see this and support what it will take to get it. (30% discount to employees-smile)
Negative side, get your paper bag company to find better glue so the handles don’t come off as you walk out the store. Has happened to me several times.
Hope I explained what you guys work so hard for, “customer satisfaction”

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Richard August 18, 2014 at 5:25 am

My wife and I shop in one of your stores on average of once a week. We’ve always found the company to act in many admirable ways–stocking high quality products, excellent retail customer service, community participation, compensation of team members, etc. We’re so enthusiastic that we’ve been shareholders since 1992. But we find ourselves questioning the company’s good name and judgment. We were disturbed to learn of plans to sell rabbit meat. I don’t just mean that we think it’s a bad idea. I mean that we find it repulsive and we’ll probably stay away until you stop offering the “product.” If rabbit meat is continued to be sold we’ll probably also divest our stock.

As the owners of pet rabbits seeing rabbit carcasses in the meat case would be traumatic. It’s comparable to a dog lover encountering golden retriever meat on display. I’m sure that you’ve heard arguments along these lines. I wanted to let you know that I think you’re shooting the company in the foot on this one. We recommend a quick and public about-face.

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