Natural Grocery's Expansion Of The Whole Food Industry

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Two years after opening his SaferWay store, John Mackey merged with Clarksville Natural Grocery in Austin, Texas. This resulted in the opening of the original Whole foods Market in 1980. In 1984, Whole Foods expanded out of Austin into Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, and one store in California (Whole Foods Market, 2008b). This expansion was accomplished in significant part through many acquisitions of other natural food chains throughout its three decade history. In 2004, Whole Foods entered the United Kingdom by acquiring an existing chain of seven natural food stores. In 2007, they opened an 80,000 square foot, three level store in West London. Initially they planned for up to forty more stores in that country. During 2007 and 2008, they opened
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