Whole Foods Shares Up on Yucaipa Investment

Stock in Whole Foods Market was up more than 22% Thursday after funds associated with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos. revealed they had acquired 7% of the retailer on the open market.

AUSTIN, Texas — Stock in Whole Foods Market here was up more than 22% Thursday after funds associated with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos. revealed they had acquired 7% of the retailer on the open market.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed Yucaipa had been acquiring stock in Whole Foods on the open market at prices between $8.94 and $10.53 per share since late November. The 7% stake in Whole Foods would make Yucaipa the retailer’s fourth-largest shareholder a

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