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'
Regarding Trader Joe's purchase of a closed Wild Oats building in Portland, Maine: I have resented the loss of Wild Oats since the day it was gobbled up by Whole Foods. In my opinion, the buy-out of Wild Oats should never have been permitted. Trader Joe's is not Wild Oats, but it should help by providing some competition. I shop at Whole Foods when I must because the options are very limited in the Portland area. I definitely favor the purchase of the Wild Oats store by Trader Joe's. Incidentally, I have noticed that Whole Foods may have lowered a few of its prices recently probably in anticipation of the Trader Joe's comment period. The local Whole Foods store is large, has a very wide array of products, and does a very heavy volume of business. Their large parking lot is usually filled with cars - seven days a week.