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'
Dear Mr. Ducore, I want to add my voice in support of Trader Joe's possible acquisition of the old Wild Oats location in Portland, ME, owned by Whole Foods up until last year (I believe). Maine is currently served only by one specialty supermarket chain, Whole Foods. The store is located in Portland, a big foodie town. Whole Foods has had quite a monopoly on that supermarket customer/demographic. Why should good quality supermarket items cost so much? Bringing a Trader Joe's to Portland would provide not only Portland but all of Maine with another good quality supermarket with an added bonus: low cost. Trader Joe's has built a reputation on bringing quality supermarket items at cost, thus giving everyone the opportunity to eat right. It would also create healthy competition with the supermarket nearby Hannerford , which has a small "organic" section. Currently, I am one of many Portland residents who often make a special detour on my way back to Boston to stop at one of the Trader Joe's down in that area and stock up on their affordable quality foods. We foodies in Portland have been wanting a Trader Joe's for a long time. Have you seen our Facebook page, "Bring Trader Joe's to Portland, Maine"? I sincerely hope the FTC will rule in Trader Joe's favor. They are one of the best supermarkets. Sincerely, --Laura Balladur