Mackey Cites Regrets Around Wild Oats Deal

John Mackey, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, said he has some regrets about last year’s Wild Oats acquisition, a merger of the two largest so-called “super-natural” retailers that triggered an antitrust investigation and an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AUSTIN, Texas — John Mackey, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market here, said he has some regrets about last year’s Wild Oats acquisition, a merger of the two largest so-called “super-natural” retailers that triggered an antitrust investigation and an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. “If I could go back in time, we wouldn’t have done the Wild Oats acquisition,” he told journalist Samuel Fromartz in an interview posted this week on Fromart

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