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Whole Foods to buy Wild Oats! [moved from L.A. board]

Whole Foods may be already in your neighborhood with this afternoon’s announcement that they are buying Wild Oats. Also, I heard last night on the news, that the Burbank city council denied Whole Foods their permit to open in Burbank.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi...

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  1. So, does this mean that there will be Whole Foods on Wilshire, Montana and San Vicente? All very close.

    1. They'd probably keep the store fronts or turn Wild Oats into a mini-version of Whole Foods.

      1. it would be a shame to lose Henry's. i moved from the OC and really miss that place....

        1. don't they have a history of buying out all the little health food stores?

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          1. re: ronla

            For sure - at least the one in Mar Vista - used to be Mrs. Gooch's. I think Whole Foods is a Nationwide based in Texas... Great selection but those prices - ouch!

            1. re: ronla

              Whole Foods likes to build their locations from scratch when possible. They buy properties that have the square footage they need for their stores. I can't imagine them buying up little health food stores, because those stores wouldn't supply the space and parking that's required.

            2. A Henry's just opened in the Palm Desert area. Will this now become a Whole Foods? :(
              And the Wild Oats in Pasadena also to be a W.F.? :( :(

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              1. re: Kitchen Queen

                They will probably close the Wild Oats in Pasadena, since they're building a behemoth WF in the same part of town. A bummer since I loved that W.O.