Whole Foods CoCEO Walter Robb introduces Tucson Ariz workers Keely Dietz left and Amber Atencio at the Global Retailing Conference in Tucson

Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb introduces Tucson, Ariz., workers Keely Dietz (left) and Amber Atencio at the Global Retailing Conference in Tucson.

Whole Foods taps local intelligence: Robb

“Opening day [in Detroit] was one of the greatest days of my career.” —WALTER ROBB, Whole Foods Market

At Whole Foods Market, localization goes well beyond tailoring store assortments. It encompasses sourcing, events, design of the buildings, and decision-making authority to suit the communities it serves, said Walter Robb, co-CEO of the Austin, Texas-based company.

“The intelligence of a company lives in the locations, lives within all of the tea

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