Deal or No Deal, Wild Oats Still a Potential Target

BOULDER, Colo. If Whole Foods doesn't buy Wild Oats, it might be an attractive target for someone else, analysts told SN last week. Wild Oats Markets, based here, has an agreement to be acquired by Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, but the Federal Trade Commission has sued to block the deal. The two natural/organic chains are challenging the FTC's action in a federal court hearing scheduled

BOULDER, Colo. — If Whole Foods doesn't buy Wild Oats, it might be an attractive target for someone else, analysts told SN last week.

Wild Oats Markets, based here, has an agreement to be acquired by Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, but the Federal Trade Commission has sued to block the deal. The two natural/organic chains are challenging the FTC's action in a federal court hearing scheduled for July 31.

If the FTC prevails, that would leave Wild Oats on t

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