October 15, 2007

Whole Foods Sells Henry’s Markets to Smart & Final

Whole Foods Market Inc. has completed the sale of its 35 Henry’s Farmers Market and Sun Harvest Market stores to a subsidiary of Los Angeles grocer Smart & Final Inc., according to a report in San Diego Business Journal. The Austin, Texas-based company sold its two operations to Smart & Final for $166 million, including a distribution facility in Riverside. Sun Harvest stores are located in Texas, and Henry’s are located in California, with 15 stores in San Diego County. “Our plans are to continue under the existing names and formats,” a spokesman told the Journal. “Overall what you’ve seen is the model that you’re going to get going forward, including the focus on natural and organic and lots of produce.” The sale of Henry’s was the result of Whole Foods’ bid to acquire Henry’s parent Wild Oats for about $565 million. Wild Oats was Whole Foods’ main rival in the natural grocery business.

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