Mackey Expected ‘Quick and Easy’ Deal

John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, thought his company’s acquisition bid for Wild Oats would be hassle-free, according to a transcript of his antitrust deposition made public last week by the Federal Trade Commission.

WASHINGTON — John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, thought his company’s acquisition bid for Wild Oats would be hassle-free, according to a transcript of his antitrust deposition made public last week by the Federal Trade Commission. “We thought this was going to be an easy, quick deal because Whole Foods has less than 1% of the food retailing marketplace,” Mackey said in the deposition, which was done on April 27. He went on to explain that although he

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