Whole Foods Is in for a Major Change
f post-class Whole Foods runs are a part of your weekly routine, your strolls through the produce section may soon look a bit different.
Change is in the air, Whole Foods faithfuls: Amazon announced Friday that it is purchasing the beloved grocery chain.
The tech company made the unexpected move to the tune of a reported $13.4 billion, expanding Amazon's reach far beyond its book-sale roots.
"Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”
Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey also weighed in, adding, "This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers."
No word yet on if the sale will mean Prime delivery of organic essentials. Whole Foods locations are expected to continue to operate under the brand name.