Whole Foods C.E.O. John Mackey
Subject of a profile in the Jan 4, 2010, issue of the New Yorker.
but will still be the largest shareholder?
This article points out a lot of very interesting things, but if the issue of non-local produce and the declining quality of employees aren't addressed, many people will continue to go elsewhere. WalMart addressed many of the issues that turned people off. If Whole Foods did the same, we'd come back.
Until then, Wegmans it is.
This article makes him seem fairly ADHD, especially when it comes to beliefs he apparently holds so dear. There's nothing wrong with making a profit, but it does seem like he contradicts his professed purposes frequently. He has stuck with the same woman for 18 years, and that is no small accomplishment. Of course the "separate lives" might explain a lot of that.
Still won't shop at Whole Foods. Have compared the exact same brands at other stores and WF always comes out more expensive.
The writer of the New Yorker piece was rigorously snarky and took every chance to bash him. He must have hurt her feelings.
Regardless of his personal quirks, it is an astonishing accomplishment to build an $8 billion (annual 2009 sales) business. Whole Foods took the country out of the dark ages
for food shopping and away from Kroger and Safeway style. The stores look great, present beautifully and have lots of delicious food. Issues such as using local suppliers (hard to do---often they can't supply the quantity needed) are being worked out.
BTW, when you find out Trader Joe's (a great place with low prices, but limited selection)
is owned by a German multinational corporation, that is much bigger than Whole Foods, are you going to boycott it, too?