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'
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