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: My name is Erica Knudsen and I am a southern Maine resident and small business owner. I currently frequent the Whole Foods Market on a weekly basis and I am so very thankful to have one so close. I started a Nutrition and Wellness consulting company. The number one complaint from ALL of my clients is that eating healthy is just too expensive. Some of these struggling clients are parents of small children, elderly, and those suffering with food related disease like diabetes, heart failure, etc. Whole Foods is not an option for most of my clients. The allowance of Trader Joe's to move into the space formerly occupied by Wild Oats will bring so many options to the citizens of Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Despite my loyalty to Whole Foods, I currently travel once every 3-4 weeks to Peabody, MA for certain items that are available at DRASTICALLY reduced prices. This option is ALSO not realistic for most citizens. I urge you to consider the monopoly that Whole Foods maintains when considering the decision regarding Trader Joe's in Portland. With Health Care in the state that it is in in this country, it is imperative that our citizens, our neighbors, my clients, have access to healthy affordable food choices. I thank you for your service and consideration, and look forward to my first jar of Raw Almond Butter purchased at Trader Joe's, in my home state of Maine. Kind Regards, erica l. knudsen Ripple Effect Nutrition & Wellness