WILD OATS MARKETS, ALFALFA'S TO SOW MERGER

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets and Alfalfa's Markets, two natural foods retailers based here, said last week they have signed a letter of intent to merge. The transaction is expected to close in the spring. The merger would create a new company whose name has not yet been determined, a Wild Oats official told SN. It would operate 32 stores, with annual sales exceeding $200 million. The new company

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets and Alfalfa's Markets, two natural foods retailers based here, said last week they have signed a letter of intent to merge. The transaction is expected to close in the spring. The merger would create a new company whose name has not yet been determined, a Wild Oats official told SN. It would operate 32 stores, with annual sales exceeding $200 million. The new company would be the second-largest volume natural foods chain in the United States, after Whole

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