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Report: Whole Foods sees potential for 1,200 U.S. stores


New York -- Whole Foods Market sees the potential to expand to 1,200 stores throughout the United States, which is nearly three times the number of locations it currently operates worldwide, the company’s co-chief executives co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said in an interview on CNBC on Tuesday.

Whole Foods is reportedly planning to open 1,200 new stores across the United States. In an interview on CNBC, Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said the company thinks 1,200 stores in the U.S., which is an increase from a previously stated goal of 1,000 new U.S. stores, is a realistic goal.

Currently, Whole Foods operates approximately 365 stores globally. The company has also stated it plans to expand to 1,000 stores located in the U.K., and Canada.

In addition, Whole Foods opened its first store in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 18. The 56,000-sq.-ft. store features a rooftop tap room and restaurant, a take-out venue from ramen chef Yuji Hariguchi, and a 20,000-sq.-ft. rooftop greenhouse built in partnership with Gotham Greens.

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