Whole Foods for thought: Austin foodies ponder future under Amazon

Shelf-stockers and purveyors of locally sourced organic produce give a wary welcome to Jeff Bezos’s buyout of the market that changed their town

The ne plus ultra of sprouted oat honey hemp granola and mango habanero kale chips is on the west side of downtown Austin – the location of arguably the world’s finest Whole Foods Market.

So it should be: the company was founded in the Texas city and is headquartered above the 80,000 sq ft flagship store, where a mission statement is fixed to a wall above carts and stacked boxes of Spanish white wine: “Nourishing the health and well-being of people and planet by being the authentic purveyor of food for the greater good.”

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