WHOLE FOODS PLANS TO DOUBLE STORE BASE BY 2004

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week it plans to open 20-25 new stores a year for the next several years to meet its goal of doubling its store base to 200 units with $4 billion in sales by the end of 2004.In financial results released last week for the fiscal year ended Sept. 26, the company said sales rose 15% to $1.6 billion for the 101 Whole Foods stores.Chris Hitt, president

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week it plans to open 20-25 new stores a year for the next several years to meet its goal of doubling its store base to 200 units with $4 billion in sales by the end of 2004.

In financial results released last week for the fiscal year ended Sept. 26, the company said sales rose 15% to $1.6 billion for the 101 Whole Foods stores.

Chris Hitt, president and chief executive officer, said in a conference call with securities analys

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