WHOLE FOODS PLAYING MERCHANT OF VINO ROLE

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here will be stepping up development of its wine departments as a result of its recent acquisition of the Merchant of Vino chain of stores, SN has learned.Whole Foods completed its acquisition of Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Merchant of Vino, a six-unit natural-food and gourmet specialty operator, Dec. 29. The deal marks Whole Foods' entry into the Detroit market.John

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here will be stepping up development of its wine departments as a result of its recent acquisition of the Merchant of Vino chain of stores, SN has learned.

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