Whole Foods to Buy Wild Oats in $700 Million Merger

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a merger of the only two "supernatural" food chains specializing in organic and natural products, Whole Foods Market here yesterday said it has agreed to acquire its smaller rival, Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets, in deal that has an enterprise value of about $700 million, including debt.

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a merger of the only two “supernatural” food chains specializing in organic and natural products, Whole Foods Market here yesterday said it has agreed to acquire its smaller rival, Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets, in deal that has an enterprise value of about $700 million, including debt. Whole Foods will pay $18.50 per share in cash for Wild Oats, which has often been reported as a possible takeover candidate. It will also assume the chain‘s debt o

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