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Britain's first green superstore goes 36m into red... (Whole foods)
Daily Mail ^ | AUgust 3, 2009 | By Staff

Posted on 08/03/2009 8:41:02 AM PDT by C19fan

Britain’s first ever green superstore is languishing ever deeper in the red after losing nearly £36million as the recession takes a bite out of organic food sales. The U.S. owners of Whole Foods Market had hoped to open 40 more emporiums across the UK after beginning trading in London in 2007. But, two years on, they have failed to leave the capital after their flagship British shop in up-market Kensington lost an astonishing £35.9million last year.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: foods; organic; uk; whole
When the gov't spends about 1/2 of the national economy, gas costs almost $10 US per gallon, etc one does not have much disposable income to indulge in paying two or three times for food just because it carries "organic" label on it.
1 posted on 08/03/2009 8:41:03 AM PDT by C19fan
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With the recent news that organic food isn’t much different than non-organic, this bodes even more bad news for such businesses.


2 posted on 08/03/2009 8:44:00 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: C19fan

Whole Foods is overpriced. Many of the items for sale at Whole Foods are available at Trader Joe’s for lower prices.


3 posted on 08/03/2009 8:44:23 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: C19fan

Penn and Teller ripped apart the organic food craze in their latest episode of BS.


4 posted on 08/03/2009 8:44:31 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: C19fan

Don’t worry they will get a bailout.


5 posted on 08/03/2009 8:45:26 AM PDT by I Hate Obama (If President 0bama and his supporters are considered American then I'm ashamed to call my self one.)
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To: C19fan

Who can compete in the upscale market with the Food Courts of Harrods?


6 posted on 08/03/2009 8:46:01 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: C19fan

Whole Foods is expensive but it does carry most of what I need and has a nice deli. Great place to hang out and eat
lunch and watch the local er, wildlife go by.

Besides if you absolutlely must have purple potatoes or
fresh opa, this is where you get it.


7 posted on 08/03/2009 8:46:58 AM PDT by rahbert ("when they feel the heat they'll see the light")
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To: C19fan

No organic bangers.


8 posted on 08/03/2009 8:49:59 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Hey, Mr. Obama, please don't kill my gramma! NO on socialist healthcare!)
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Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
9 posted on 08/03/2009 8:50:57 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: marvlus

The big problem with organic vegetables is that first; they must be picked before the are fully ripe so they don’t develop their full flavor potential. Second; they have less of a shelf life since they are not preserved in any way—fruits and vegetables begin to rot almost immediately once they are picked. Because of the above, they have to turn the inventory fast or they suffer spoilage, thus the higher prices for the products.


10 posted on 08/03/2009 8:55:47 AM PDT by SirFishalot
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To: C19fan

I know someone who works at Whole Foods. Location is everything for these stores. Some do very well and some don’t.


11 posted on 08/03/2009 8:55:58 AM PDT by BigBobber
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Links don’t work for me. They take me to a FR “Choose Forum” page!


12 posted on 08/03/2009 8:56:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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MARKS & SPENCER has the best food in
england!!


13 posted on 08/03/2009 9:01:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I really messed up the link. HEre is the right one:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1203996/Britains-green-superstore-goes-36m-red-recession-bites-organic-food-market.html


14 posted on 08/03/2009 9:02:17 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: BigBobber

WF has to be near huge segemnts of the Elite and Effete market.


15 posted on 08/03/2009 9:03:31 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: C19fan

Thanks!


16 posted on 08/03/2009 9:09:22 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: C19fan

I wonder how much they are charging for arugula.


17 posted on 08/03/2009 9:12:15 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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haha.

I hate Whole Foods.


18 posted on 08/03/2009 9:24:03 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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Whole Foods people are nice, pleasant enough - hippy like - the paisley dress hairy legs and arm pit women but the prices are awful.
19 posted on 08/03/2009 9:25:54 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: C19fan

Whole Paycheck


20 posted on 08/03/2009 9:29:39 AM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Ann Archy; C19fan
MARKS & SPENCER has the best food in england!!

Not really...M&S is just another supermarket, albeit with a slightly upmarket image. The best fresh produce in England is not found in supermarkets at all, but in local markets and farmers' markets. That's also why the chain mentioned in the article hasn't succeeded - organic produce and large-scale, supermarket-chain markets just don't go together. In fact organic produce here in England is thriving, but it thrives through local distribution schemes and direct sales, not large stores.

21 posted on 08/03/2009 9:35:34 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: Ann Archy

Darn straight!


22 posted on 08/05/2009 3:19:08 AM PDT by Vanders9
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