Whole Foods Seeks London Sites

Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, said it is actively seeking store sites in London after several years of inactivity in the United Kingdom.

LONDON — Whole Foods Market [3], Austin, Texas, said it is actively seeking store sites in London after several years of inactivity in the United Kingdom.

In an article in the Financial Times here, Walter Robb, co-president, said the chain is looking for locations that would be less than half the size of the 75,000-square-foot flagship store Whole Foods opened in Kensington in 2007.

"We want to build more stores in London — it's a fabulous city. It's harder to find real estate there, but we have some stuff there and we're working on it."

In reporting first-quarter results earlier this year, Whole Foods said the Kensington store has seen double-digit comparable-store sales improvement, although it is still operating at a loss.

Whole Foods also operates several smaller Fresh & Wild stores in the U.K., whose sales are also improving, the company said.

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