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 #547213-00336

Submission Number:
547213-00336
Commenter:
Ellen MacHenry
State:
ME
Initiative Name:
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

I am currently a resident in Maine. Since the Wild Oats closure we only have one option to purchase natural, organic foods with a large selection. Whole Food's total cost for gluten free, organic produce is 20 percent more than what I would pay for at Trader Joe's. If I were to purchase the same item's at Trader Joe's I would pay $55.50 compared to Whole Food's cost of $72.10. Although each store would have it's benefits. I would like to be able to comparison shop and I can not do so since the closing of Wild Oats in 2007. The building has remained empty for almost three years. Please allow Trader Joe's to be able compete in this space.