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Whole Foods Market is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods with a series of stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and it was the first National Certified Organic grocer in the United States. Ranked 218th on the Fortune 500 list in 2014, it was named “retailer of the year” in 2013 by the World Retail Congress. By 2013, it was the eighth-largest public food and drug retailer in the United States, with sales reaching $13 billion and sales per gross square foot of $972, double that of many other retailers.

History

The history of the company began when its founder John Mackey and Renee Lawson opened a small natural food store in 1978 called Safer Way in Austin, Texas. Later, ...

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