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Amazon Moves into the Supermarket Sector With $13.7 Billion Acquisition

Amazon Moves into the Supermarket Sector With $13.7 Billion Acquisition
June 19
09:45 2017

Amazon, the global on-line shopping giant, and is acquiring Whole Foods Market, a leading natural and organic foods supermarket, for $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt. In fiscal year 2016, Whole Foods Market had sales of approximately $16 billion and has more than 460 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 87,000 people.

“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” says Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

Whole Foods Market will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand and source from trusted vendors and partners around the world. John Mackey will remain as CEO of Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market’s headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas.

Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect to close the transaction during the second half of 2017.

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