As it turns out, because of their legal dispute with the FTC, Whole Foods has an opportunity to try and force us to give them copies of some of our most confidential financial records – for instance what our sales are, week by week, at each of our stores. They’ve also demanded all of our files that detail our strategic plans, all of our marketing plans and all of our studies about where we are considering opening new stores.
From this New Seasons blog post in 2008.
A few excerpts of Whole Foods’ comments in regards to Wild Oats:
“Wild Oats needs to be removed from the playing field...”
“…[m]y goal is simple – I want to crush them and am willing to spend a lot of money in the process.”
“...elimination of a competitor in the marketplace, competition for sites, competition for acquisitions, and operational economies of scale. We become the Microsoft of the natural foods industry.”