FTC ‘Concerned’ About Whole Foods-Wild Oats Deal

Whole Foods Market here said yesterday that some officials with the Federal Trade Commission have “voiced concerns” over the company’s proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Boulder, Colo.

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here said yesterday that some officials with the Federal Trade Commission have “voiced concerns” over the company’s proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Boulder, Colo. Whole Foods previously had said the FTC had asked for more information on the proposed deal, which is valued at about $700 million and would form a nationwide chain of about 300 stores. Analysts previously said they expected the company would have to close as many as 30 of Wild Oats’

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