I started shopping at Whole Foods about a year ago ( North Arlington,TX ). The longer I go there the more I love it. My wife and I almost never go into a traditional grocery store any more.
The service at Whole Foods is incredible. All their staff is extremely knowledgeable about the products. Everyone is eager to help. The prepared foods are fantastic, and the teaming with Jamba Juice make WF one stop shopping for us.
When I go to a traditional store now I am usually digusted at the lack of caring of employees and the main stream crap they have for sale. Also, we have started seeing WF products in the regular stores but the prices are even higher than WF. Unbelievable considering the buying power of Kroger or Tom Thumb.
I am so thankful for WF. My wife and I are excited to go shopping now where before it was a chore.
Also, we have lost weight and feel much better overall.
This is why I am long WF and am encouraging everyone I come in contact with to go there.
I enjoyed shopping at Whole Foods too. The employees are really helpful and the quality of the produce is exceptional.
However, I had a bad experience with the manager at the Boulder store. I went to Whole Foods one evening after working out. I was wearing sweat pants, a tank top, and an old leather jacket, and my hair was wet because it was raining. I guess my appearance could have been better.
I was waiting my turn at the seafood counter along with other customers who were gathered around a free-sample tray of grilled fish. Someone alerted the manager that there was a vagrant in the store and I was asked to accompany the manager to the back office.
I tried to explain that I was not homeless. However, the manager told me that he would call the police and have me arrested for shop lifting the grilled fish samples if I did not sign a statement saying that I would not return to the store under penalty of criminal trespassing. After considering the expense and time of defending myself in court, as well as the impact such charges might have on my security clearance (I work for a defense contractor), I decided to accept the second option.
The manager then offered to pay my bus fare to the homeless shelter. I declined his offer and got into my 2002 Subaru WRX and drove to my half-million-dollar home in Boulder. It's nice to know that Whole Foods has so much concern for our community.
I sold my stock in WFMI and now I shop at Wild Oats.
Well, it's a good thing you sold when you did. You know you made money!! =)
There must've been a lot more to this story than we are hearing. Did you speak to the actual store manager or was this an incident with one of the assistants/store shift supervisors? I have a feeling you weren't speaking to the ACTUAL manager.
Enjoy your shopping at Wild Oats, they pale in comparison to WFM.
Your problem is the "someone" who alerted the manager that there was a vagrant in the store.
Life isn't perfect, and appearances do matter. Ask the next innocent Arab who sits next to you on an airplane.
First of all, living in a $500k house in Boulder is nothing exceptional. The median on homes purchased last year was $474,512.
Secondly, driving a Suburu is certainly no status symbol. Half of the people in Boulder have this car and it is nothing to brag about. In other parts of the country it's a joke.
What do these two items have to do with anything? NOTHING... I'm sure the manager of WFMI doesn't check the parking lot each time he makes a decision to take care of his customer base.
I don't want someone who smells like a goat and looks like a **** shoping next to me in the grocery. I think the manager did all of us customers a favor( if the story is true).
GO WFMI !!!!
Now lets see.
You own a 500 grand house a new
car and you work for defense contractor.
And your afraid to defend yourself???
You were hanging out by the fish
and your story smells fishy.
Provide more details if you
want to be believed. Like why
haven't you called the corporate
office. What is the managers name.
Give me a break!
As the population ages and spends more on health, they're going to figure out that its cheaper and more tasty to eat organic and prevent disease than to pop pills and go to the doctor. This figures to be as good a demographics play as JNJ or THC. Eventually they may get bought out.
I've been shopping at WFMI all over the country for 8 years at least and incredibly kept waiting for it to become cheaper before buying stock. Meanwhile I've lost money on all that Wall St dished up.
Guess I learned my lesson.