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If you were planning on braving the storm tomorrow and trudging through the snow to Whole Foods for some freshly made sushi and kombucha — you know, snow day essentials — think again: Whole Foods announced on Instagram a little while ago that all of their Philly-area locations will be closed tomorrow due to the storm.
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My love affair with Trader Joe’s began innocently enough: I was walking back to our offices in Center City from West Philly after checking out the new Herban Quality Eats, and I realized I needed some honey for the next morning’s tea. I was passing by Trader Joe’s at 22nd and Market, so I stopped in. 10 minutes later, I walked out with not just honey — raw organic honey that cost me an impressive $4.99, by the way — but three avocados (99 cents each), some organic dog treats ($2.99!) and a ginger kombucha ($2.79, I believe). My total for all of these items came out to around $15 and my first thought was: This would never happen at Whole Foods.
I was hooked. Read more »
Target has signed on to a third Center City location for its new line of urban scale stores.
Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reported earlier today that the Minneapolis-based retailer will take over the 30,000-square-foot Whole Foods store at 20th and Callowhill after it moves to nearby Rodin Square in 2016.
“I can confirm that a lease has been signed for 2001 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia,” Kristy Welker, of Target Communications, wrote in an email to Property.
Clear your Saturday afternoon because a local flea market for a good cause is coming to a rooftop near you. Whole Flea, aptly named as it takes place atop Whole Foods South Street, will feature over forty vendors selling hand-crafted jewelry, body products, home goods, art, antiques, ceramics, food, clothing and more. Read more »
It’s no secret: people love themselves some Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Almost any time a new mixed-use development is proposed in Philadelphia with enough retail space that could possibly fit a grocery store, residents come out of the woodwork to clamor for a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods.
You know what those people also love? Money. It’s called “Whole Foods Effect” – a real estate phenomenon where property values seemingly rise in areas surrounding the Austin-based organic grocery chain. The presence of a Whole Foods, especially in urban neighborhoods, seems to certify that a home buyer has made a quality choice of settling in that area.
Well, it turns out that it could probably be called the “Trader Joe’s Effect.” RealtyTrac recently ran some of the numbers and came to an interesting conclusion: “What we found is that homeowners near a Trader Joe’s have experienced better home value appreciation since their purchase, but also pay higher property taxes on average.”
In the wake of an overcharging scandal, the problems for Whole Foods continue. Shareholder Yochanan Markman is leading a class-action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of Whole Foods securities claiming that the situation drove down the share price and that the company made false or misleading statements and “routinely overstated the weight of its pre-packaged products and overcharged customers.” Read more »
Whole Foods Market has just signed a lease on 55,000 square feet in Exton, Pa. The Chester County site will be the 11th Whole Foods store in Pennsylvania and the 9th in the Philadelphia area.
No opening date has been set and the number of jobs it will bring to the region is unclear. Read more »
In its earnings call yesterday, Whole Foods executives said the widely reported price overcharging scandal hit the business hard, slowing sales growth sharply. The revelation came in the wake of a New York Department of Consumer Affairs investigation finding that the high-end grocery chain overcharged for pre-packaged foods like nuts, berries and vegetables. The company’s co-CEOs even issued an apology on YouTube.
But during Wednesday’s earnings call, a Whole Foods co-CEO said that the business — not the overcharged customer — is actually the victim here. Business Insider reports this juicy quote from co-CEO John Mackey:
“It’s just something that went viral in the media and it has hurt our trust and we do feel like we’re victims.”
That’s a far cry from the tone of the apology video, where the company promised to increase its training, implement a third-party auditing system, and offer products for free if they can find weighing mistakes.
He went on to say that Whole Foods’ track record on overcharging is about the same as other grocery stores, and that he doesn’t understand “why the media went so wild with this.”
Really? The store was overcharging more than $4 for a package of chicken — how can that be a rounding error? Plus, how does this guy not understand that customers think Whole Foods is too expensive? They call it Whole Paycheck for crying out loud.
As the appetite for organic, healthier food choices continues to increase, Whole Foods is facing pressure from co-ops, farmer’s markets as well as traditional grocery chains that are stepping up their organic options.
To combat the onslaught (and the Whole Paycheck stereotype) Whole Foods announced that it’s planning 365 by Whole Foods Market, a new chain of smaller, less expensive stores. No word yet, on whether it has plans for a Philly location.