Mackey center and Robb right were in New York to open a Whole Foods store on the Upper East Side early last year Robb who remains on the board of directors promises to quotcheer onquot Mackey soon the company39s sole CEO

Mackey (center) and Robb (right) were in New York to open a Whole Foods store on the Upper East Side early last year. Robb, who remains on the board of directors, promises to "cheer on" Mackey, soon the company's sole CEO.

'Streamlined structure' for Whole Foods' front office

Mackey stays course as Robb prepares departure

The dismantling of Whole Foods Markets' co-CEO office announced Wednesday was made in solidarity with the company's recent efforts toward greater efficiency in stores, sources told SN, and while it costs a leader who brought imaginative merchandising flair and a conspicuous concern for Whole Foods' role in society to the front office, the company's determined and visionary co-founder remains.

In a conference call reviewing quarterly earnings also announced late Wednesda

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