Mr. Ducore: I grew up in Waterville and I know live in Cumberland. But for years I lived in Seattle where we shopped at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and the regular chain supermarkets. I love Trader Joes and I would far rather have it than Whole Foods. In fact, I have been to the Trader Joe's in Saugus, Massachusetts twice already in 2010 and have spent over $400. I would far, far, far rather have any taxes and revenues staying in Maine, but between our preferences and healthy concerns, Trader Joe's offers a far better family product for the price (my wife and I are particular about feeding our children organic food as much as possible). My mom lives near a Trader Joe's in Tucson for much of the year: when I visit, I load up on spices and other light fare - and she brings back her own preferences when returning to Maine for the summer. For the Portland economy, it would be a good thing since (I am not the only one who considers it a destination store). In Seattle, many people I knew complained about Whole Foods (the COMMON nickname there is "Whole Paycheck") and I have heard any of my friends ever complain about Trader Joe's. I have no professional affiliations with the company - I just like their their products, their prices, and their employees. I would be extremely happy to have a Trader Joe's come to the Portland area. Feel free to call if you have any questions. Best regards, Daniel Kany
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' #547213-00217
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'