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'
Greetings! I am writing in support of the petition to Divest One Store under Whole Foods Market Inc. Divestiture Order, Docket No. 9324, FTC File No. 071 0114. My husband has been employed by Trader Joe's for more than 11 years, first in California and now in Massachusetts. The company has been a great partner to its employees. Fair employment practices, excellent compensation practices that include generous insurance coverage and a good pension plan have led to low turn over of employees and a stable, satisfied employee base. This success is reflected in fair pricing, interesting and diversified product offerings and a fun environment for customers. My parents live in Maine and when they come to visit us many times a year they bring their Trader Joe's freezer bags and bring home hundreds of dollars in groceries. This is an important opportunity for Maine as there are many others who do the same. This very successful, privately held company is an excellent partner to the community, supporting many, many local charities at each store. A typical store in Massachusetts employs anywhere from 60 - 100 employees (full and part time). What's really neat is that the part time employees are paid wages well above the federal minimum wage as well as company sponsored vacation/sick pay, health and dental insurance and retirement. In a state where seasonal work means many employees on unemployment during off seasons, it is a comfort to have an employer that is a year-round "safe bet". I encourage this move for the jobs it will create, the security it provides those newly employed, the support to community charities and the added revenue to the state's tax system. Thank you. Patricia Casey