The more natural foods stores out there the better, IMHO. Do you really think it is a celebrity deathmatch type thing that vies WFMI against Wild Oats? If more customer dollars are projected to be spent on these type of grocery stores, then there is plenty of room for both chains to do well. The one thing I would like to see is lower pricing. However, until some kind of Walmart type competition comes in and offers the same selection and services that WFMI offers, these two companies can grow how they like and expand customer base and awareness. I'd like to see these store chains offer more restaurant dining comforts that could draw people away from spending the money at a McDonalds or Applebees. There is a value to shopping for food and consuming it. If WFMI can attract more customers by creating a loyalty like a restaurant has ( -ie- the McDonalds consistency no matter where you go in the country), there is more repeat business.
If Whole Foods wanted to attract more people to their stores (and cut into McDonald's market share, as you suggest), they wouldn't profile their customers like a Beverly Hills boutique and boot shareholder/customers who don't look like Ken and Barbie. It makes me wonder if they do racial profiling.
WFMI lost my financial support and $10k/year of me and my wife's business.
Tybalt, I'm not saying you're wrong, but I don't understand what you said or were trying to say... What do you mean WF was 'profiling their customers like a Beverly Hills boutique', and 'boot(ing) shareholder/customers who don't look like Ken and Barbie'. ?????
if you stopped shopping at WFM based on what one anonymous posted put up on this board, then you are pretty much too stupid to live and should be shopping at the local convenience store.
Get a life, get over it.
If you go through life demanding perfection from everyone all of the time, you are going to be one unhappy individual. I have a suggestion. Put on your most expensive business suit or whatever nice you've got, and go back an see the manager again and mention your previous experience! There are creative solutions to life's little problems, instead of withdrawing, moping, and bitching.
So you're telling me that WF is delighted that Oats is doing better? That they'd prefer to have a competitor?
And why would WF want to "offer more restaurant dining comforts"? They are a grocery store, and they are good at it. Restaurant business (excuse me, bidness) is tough and filled with problems that grocers don't face.
A local WF had an in-store restaurant and they replaced it with an in-house Jamba Juice bar and expanded their excellent salad/hot food bar, while maintain some of the seating. I think the local WF made a good decision.