Whole Foods’ CEO: We Just Aren’t That $pecial Anymore

May 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM Leave a comment

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From Business Insider:

Whole Foods shares are getting destroyed this morning.

The stock is off 16% after earnings yesterday showed weak same-store sales growth.

What’s holding back the company?

On the company’s conference call, CEO John Mackey explained. Organic food is now everywhere. Whole Foods just isn’t that special anymore.

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Whole Foods opened a gorgeous, fun store here in Boulder about ten years ago.  If I were rich, I’d do all my shopping there but I’m not and I don’t.  I have two or three things I like to get there but otherwise I shop at King Soopers, a local chain akin to Safeway.

I take my husband to the YMCA twice a week for an exercise class.  The Y is 100 feet from Whole so sometimes I wonder over there while I’m waiting for Dan’s class to end.  I swear, there have been times when I’ve purchased maybe an energy drink and two pieces of cake and I’m out $20.  It seems as if nothing there costs less than $7.  (I saw a juice/energy drink there the other day for $11.  $11 for a 16 oz. drink! (I kid you not.)

Is Whole Foods getting its comeuppance?   The organic food chain Trader Joe’s opened a store here about a month ago.  Given the hype (er, hysteria) surrounding that ahem, momentous event, I didn’t get it after I checked it out.  But I will say I bought some frozen foods to try — taquitos, egg rolls and chicken burgers to have for quick lunches — and I actually walked out after paying $17.  I’m guessing those three things, which fed us for six meals, would have run more like $30 at Whole Foods.

So, maybe Whole Foods will get down off its high horse now because again, they’re just not that special anymore.

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