Through Whole Foods, Amazon would gain a national store footprint in the USA along with a presence in Canada and the U.K, with over 460 stores in total.

The Amazon deal was struck after the companies agreed that John Mackey would remain Whole Foods' chief executive.

"Mutual friends set us up on a blind date", he said about flying out to Seattle a little over a month ago.

Whole Foods has been pressured to sell as sales have declined. Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a stunning move that gives it hundreds of stores across the U.S., a brand-new laboratory for radical retail experiments that could revolutionise the way people buy groceries.

"It would be insane to change them", Wilke said. There'll be a Whole Foods dream merging in with an Amazon dream.

Turner pointed out in the note that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has already tried restaurant delivery - with "minimal success" - and that Grubhub and Whole Foods likely share a similar user base in terms of geography and demographics. Shoppers could pick up their purchases at a Whole Foods store near them the same way they're doing under the AmazonFresh Pickup program.

Whole Foods has more than 460 brick-and-mortar stores, which will boost Amazon's physical store presence in the battle for consumer food budgets.

Wife saw no sign gunman planned violence
Euille said Hodgkinson usually only spoke routinely with him and with the front desk manager on the morning shift at the YMCA. There was no warning that there would be any violence, she said. "I just think civility has to return back to government".

Such changes may be a long way off, and Amazon has plenty of time to change its strategy, with the $13.7 billion deal not expected to close until the second half of the year. "I want to keep working", said the worker, who did not want his name used. "We're gonna become as customer-centric as Amazon", he said.

"Some say the goal for Amazon is shed whole foods pricey image - and with that could mean job cuts - so far Amazon has denied that there will be any layoffs".

According to analysts at Cowen & Co., Amazon, which is expected to be the ninth largest grocery retailer in the USA this year thanks to Amazon Fresh, would become the third largest with the acquisition of Whole Foods. He said they could not "consummate" the marriage until the deal was official, and that it was "not a Tinder relationship".

But he also says the deal could be an opportunity for Amazon to fix some of the issues Whole Foods has faced, as well as an opportunity to attract new customers through lower priced products.

"The acquisition of Whole Foods makes entry into pharmacy much easier for Amazon", Stephen Buck, entrepreneur and co-founder of GoodRx, told CNBC on Friday.

Walmart is the nation's largest seller of groceries with category sales of $170 billion a year ago, and retail giant has found that the category is key to driving store visits and customer loyalty.

Whole Foods Market, founded in 1978, is a natural and organic foods supermarket and certified organic grocer with approximately 87,000 staff members across the company.


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