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Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas

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Has made all the grocery chains pay attention to the organic customer

  • Mar 8, 2010
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I like Whole Foods. I know it is easy to hate them for their prices and gigantic presences. I can't afford to shop there often but I know that Whole Foods moving into our part of the country made the local chains pay attention. For the first time they offer organic options and nature products. They even developed a "generic organic brand" in order  to compete. So on balance they have made the choices better for the community. Some of the poorer parts of town now have options beyond Twinkies and hot dogs because Whole foods moved in across town.

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March 14, 2010
While WFM may or may not have made other chains pay attention to organic customers, that really has nothing to do with veganism. Most organic food in WFM, or in any other chains for that matter, is not vegan. They have piles after piles of organic milk, organic cheese, organic chicken, organic beef, organic eggs, etc. None of that is vegan. The whole organic scheme is nothing more than a marketing plot to make people feel good about themselves without making any real changes. Yuppies of the world can now pay extra for their food and pat themselves on the back calling themselves "environmentally friendly". The best part is that they can keep eating their steak and chicken and cheese without the need to change anything. Organic steak isn't any different from plain old steak. It is equally wasteful in terms of water and grains and land consumed. Actually it is more wasteful in terms of water and land because organic farming has lower yield. And of course organic steak still means the killing of cows. Nothing changes there. Sorry about the venting. But since this is a vegan community, I thought it is important to not to confuse marketing slogans such as "organic" or "all natural" with true vegan living.
March 14, 2010
Thank you for your input. It is true it is not a vegan store. It is probably a matter of baseline. There was no much more than wonder bread, spray cheese and fried chicken available in our neighbor before whole foods came in. So the fact that they have forced the local chain to offer the locals an organic option at a affordable price is progress.. It is not perfect but a huge improvement for the local mostly minimum wage folks where I live. Words like natural, organic or locally grown were never even in the vocabulary. There is a long way to go but it is progress that will make a different in the health of many.
 
March 14, 2010
Thanks for saying this. I agree; on balance, Whole Foods Market (WFM) is ultimately enhancing access and choices across the board. I notice since they moved into our town that they are actually attracting a whole new crowd. In addition, since I know behind-the-scenes WFM stories from the get-go, and some of the ways they moved into places was kinda scuzzy (like Starbucks), still in the marketplace, where nothing is static, public opinion has pressed on them in such a way that they keep morphing into something more worthy(!) - I heard they now consider their direct competition Trader Joes & Costco, rather than other natural food stores, and that fact alone is causing them to make market choices that light up for lower income folk. There's no doubt in my mind that their creation, of an aesthetically pleasing, enriched natural food shopping milieu, is changing the grocery shopping experience across the board (and they number in the top 10 grocery stores across the country last time I looked). My brother-in-law came from Paris and was visibly moved when he stepped into WFM (SF). "My God" , he said "This is like the finest gourmet shop in Paris but organic to boot!"
 
March 08, 2010
I agree - while Whole Foods isn't a perfect store (or inexpensive!), it has brought organic to the mainstream more effectively than some of its counterparts. I'm really glad to find more organic and vegan-friendly products in my neighborhood grocery these days!
 
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Quick Tip by . June 08, 2011
I love the food they sell here and I'm very fond of the idea. What a shame the prices will break the bank. Also, would it kill Mackey to make Whole Foods more established in the national eye? I just moved to Buffalo, and the closest Whole Foods is in Toronto - a 90-minute drive which only people who have passports can make! The most accessable without a passport is a four-hour drive, in freaking Pittsburgh! Big waste of energy to make trips like that!
Quick Tip by . January 30, 2011
posted in Eco-Babyz
Though Trader Joe's is my grocery store of choice for afford-ability, on a recent stop at Whole Foods I couldn't help but notice two things. First, it isn't as expensive as I previously thought. Most staple organic items that aren't processed or micro-packaged are priced about the same as even a regular grocery store. This may be due to the fact that conventional foods are not immune to inflation lately and organic food are leveling out and became more mainstream. Second, I loved their "I'm local" …
Quick Tip by . December 11, 2010
Quality goods, but we still call it "Whole Paycheck." The selection of natural and organics is hard to beat, but certain health claims are more than just a little over-rated.
review by . April 13, 2009
The purpose of this review is to address the most common criticism of Whole Foods: that it is way too expensive. I agree that for everyday shopping, the prices are considerably higher than traditional supermarkets. It is difficult to compare prices for non-organic vs organic or hormone free/free range/sustainably raised vs not, but still, I concede the point.    Great bargains are to be found, however, if you are heading to Whole Foods for lunch and not to buy groceries. I eat …
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
These markets usually only stock in-season fruits and vegetables- which goes a long way in supporting local farmers in our own communities. Most of the foods … more
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Have shopped there and they have wonderful food, but a little high priced.
review by . March 08, 2010
   Alright, this is more of an experiment than anything else.      That being said, here is my take on Whole Foods.  Awesome selection, great service.  Downside is that it is atrociously expensive and at the same time the store is flawed by its clientele, who are generally people who suffer greatly from an overly inflated sense of self entitlement. 
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
I love the hot and cold food bars!
Quick Tip by . May 27, 2010
Whole Foods is only second to My Organic Market (MOMs) a local chain in the Washington, DC area
Quick Tip by . April 10, 2010
Love Whole Foods. Great selection of produce, cereals, frozen foods, meat and cheese! A bit more expensive, but worth it.
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In 1980, Whole Foods Market began as one person's dream and since that time has imploded into the largest natural and organic grocery market in the United States.  The company has over 270 stores in North America and the UK. 

The original store was located in Austin, TX. The Whole Foods message is Whole Food, Whole People, Whole Planet.
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