|Commenter:||Ms. Ann Landsberg|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||FTC Seeks Public Comments on Trustee's Proposal to Divest One Store under Whole Foods Market Inc. Divestiture Order; Docket No. 9324; FTC File No. 071 0114'|
Comments:As a resident of Portland, Maine and a grocery shopper in this city I fully support the above-referenced divestiture and subsequent sale of property and urge you to allow these actions to go forward. It can only mean good things for Portland's struggling economy, not the least of which are jobs and tax dollars. Whole Foods has done extremely well for itself in Portland, bringing in lots of shoppers from other cities and towns as well, and adding to Portland's coffers at the same time. It has become a "destination" market even for out-of-state folks. It has no competition. But many of these same shoppers want to see Trader Joe's here as well, and bemoan the lack of one. Lots of us regularly drive down to the closest Massachusetts Trader Joe's now (and leave our tax dollars there too, by the way)but would much prefer to keep our shopping and dollars local. (Saves on gas as well as making for a smaller carbon footprint. A win-win all around!) The two stores in question are quite different in several ways, and so would compliment each other. Yet at the same time they would provide much needed competition, and would keep Whole Foods from having a "lock" on the organic produce, prepared foods, and "boutique" market. We could all use a respite from the generally high prices at Whole Foods, believe me. I urge the FTC to go ahead with these proceedings as soon as possible so that Trader Joe's can finally come to Portland, Maine. Thank you.