Smaller Wild Oats Locations Could Be Reformatted

AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market could turn some of the smaller Wild Oats stores it is planning to acquire into grab-and-go food-service locations with limited grocery offerings, according to some observers. In announcing the planned acquisition, Whole Foods, based here, said it would close an unspecified number of Wild Oats locations and convert the rest to the Whole Foods banner. Some analysts have

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market could turn some of the smaller Wild Oats stores it is planning to acquire into grab-and-go food-service locations with limited grocery offerings, according to some observers.

In announcing the planned acquisition, Whole Foods, based here, said it would close an unspecified number of Wild Oats locations and convert the rest to the Whole Foods banner. Some analysts have estimated up to 30 Wild Oats stores could be closed, but others said the com

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