Whole Foods Corporate Office

Whole Foods Corporate Office Address

Whole Foods Market, Inc.
550 Bowie St
Austin, TX 78703

Contact Whole Foods

Phone Number: (512) 477-4455
Fax Number: (512) 482-7000
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Email: Email Whole Foods


CEO: John P. Mackey & Walter Robb
CFO: Glenda Jane Flanagan
COO: A. C. Gallo

Whole Foods History

Whole Foods Market began in 1978 when current co-CEO John Mackey and his girlfriend opened a natural food store called SaferWay in Santa Monica, California.

In 1980, SaferWay merged with another natural grocery store, resulting in the first Whole Foods location in Austin, Texas.

The following year, a huge flood devastated Austin.  Whole Foods lost all of their inventory and had no insurance.  Neighbors chipped in to help fix the damage.

In 1984, Whole Foods expanded to Houston and Dallas.  In 1988, the expansion continued to New Orleans.  In 1989, a Palo Alto location was opened on the west coast.

The company continued to grow in the 90s and the 100th location opened in Torrence, CA in 1999.

There were several acquisitions in the 2000’s and the chain continued to grow.  A flagship 80,000 sq ft store was built in Austin in 2005, which also serves as the Whole Foods corporate office.

Today the company operates more than 330 locations in the US, Canada and the UK.


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fidelino April 6, 2016 at 7:20 am

i d like to know how can i open a branch in angola africa luanda.and also i have a new drink organic that id like to be sold by you guys


john March 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

The way the bakery manager talked to her employees infront of me and other customers was very out of line. I WAS a customer of the Dublin, OH store until I seen this lady talk to her staff in a manner that made me walk out. I am not sure why they put up with someone talking to them in such disrespectful way. These where grown women that where being scolded heavily for something minor. If I was the store manager I would into finding someone that has leadership qualities and can properly manage and respect staff members. I will not be shopping Whole foods again due to one very inappropriate visit.


Teresa D. Pfister February 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm

I have just read these comments as I am preparing to apply at Whole Foods coming to Bellingham, Wa. in a few months. And while I truly understand all of your situations, having done my research on this company I can only say that I would still be very proud represent this company. I recently left a VERY well known box store in which I did not do my research… I went into that company like a kid in a candy store. I can only say that I was a bit naive as to how things operate at a Lg. box store level. Within less than two years of this store opening, there were only 3 of the 45 plus cashiers left, and 83 out of the original 184 employees left. I have spent over 7 months taking my time looking for the right fit for me. My husband and I have Adult Family Homes for Disabled Adults and so I am primarily wanting a job with benefits that I can feel proud to represent. Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb seems to value the importance of his team members. The Grocery retail business is a tough market. I can only say for myself that no matter what store I may frequent locally.. there is a good chance that I am going to have a less desirable experience here and there. However, It is also likely that In the same calendar year I am going to have at least 100 really good experiences. Human nature tends to remember the not so pleasant ones. It is certainly fair to let a store know your concerns so that they may address the problem, but if overall, Whole foods has been a good partnership and provider to you, let’s show some loyalty. I have friends that work in other Big box stores and I can tell you, there is something to be said about a company that takes care of us “smaller People!!!”. As a consumer, I have always let my feet vote for the store that gets my money. Right up there with Quality Products and Customer Service is there work culture. How they treat and value there staff. Whole Foods Team Members have chosen them as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” every year since the list began in 1998. That says volume to me coming from the hurt that I still feel from my last experience. I am not a disgruntled employee. I am an employer myself. I just didn’t have a clue of how dispensable we all were. I want to work for an employer who values there customer, there employee and there planet… In my second time around at this corporate stuff, I am much less naive, and far more educated. My educated bet is with Whole Foods!!)


angel love March 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm

you are right. i hav gone to wf since it opened through their list of names. lol
the employees are very happy there, and they do not get tossed. they get trained and move up as a rule. i have many friends in wf and watch each of them move up. they have good benes. and stock options. true the new owners, the bankers, are not quite as we and earth minded as they are corp and $$ minded. and true the prices go up regularly like as in some almost monthly. and quality has suffered a bit. but compared to publix, ( pubix i like to call it), and winn pixie, wf beat them by miles and forget walmart and target. i think they have normal issues but they are mostly doing the best for their customers, employees and the world that they can. work for them. you also get 20% discount on your groceries. good for the family.


Kevin February 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Ive been a short time customer (4 years) but found the customer service to be 2nd to none and made me think to run my bussiness the same, but recently i havent been so impressed, my wife i did our weekely shopping at your La Jolla store and found the store to be very dirty so bad that ive seen gas station restrooms cleaner also got charged for one item twice simple mistake but this has happened way to oftened, we would loved to be loyal customers but if this continues will be leaving not to return!


Fran Powers January 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

If Whole Foods goes through with their plan to pave wetlands for a parking lot in their new proposed facility in Sarasota, FL, I will never set foot in another Whole Foods store. What are you thinking????


angel love March 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

that is where you know and remember that the bankers (investors) and big business took over. so so sad. me tool and lucky’s is a colorado organic store coming in a few months one block from wf! nice
colorado has become a new mecca for eco smartness. i have lost some respect for wf since the investors too over. it is all business not about customer health and satisfaction and eco smartness. i feel you.
i have a certified natrurescape as a year, small but very well made yard for all the little creatures to come and be safe and happy. that is what wf should stand for. providing for the creatures who like the intians we took their land. shame on whole foods for that plan!!!
in my yard a cute black cat withyellow eyes came when young and the owner had a sign up in the park but it came down so fast my neighbors and i do not know who it was. but this cutie was in my poincianna tree when just a little one and could not get up high. now she had 6 kitties under my a/c unit and right under my house. so of course, even though i do not especiallly love cats and am allergic to them, but i cannot and will not allow her not to nurse her little babies, i will not chase them out, they are ferrel now so i had worked to get them to allow me to come by the a/c to work on that side of the house, and to feed them. mama sits with her head and now half her body in and half out from under th house. she watches, as i work i talk to them, and they are now getting used to me, so they can eat and get on their own and move out. i hope mommy does go to a new place for next litter. but you see, when an entity signs up for ecog smart and fave the creatures, it means that is what you do. and wf lost some of that along the way. investors are the bane of existance. imminent domain even in the animal world huh? oh well, i do my part do yours. and good for you.


Ed Lowrance January 25, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Just a comment concerning your Chattanooga, Tn store. I have lived in Memphis and Nashville, Tn and been a customer at your store in both of these locations, never a problem with food or service at either of these locations. Upon relocation to the Chattanooga area my Whole Foods experience was completely different. The quality and taste of the buffet items is not comparable to your other stores, trays, even during lunch and dinner hours are not refilled on a timely basis. Recent Sunday buffet was so poor I ended up trashing several food items. That will be my last stop at the buffet isle! As a loyal Whole Foods customer for the past 20 years, I’m hoping improvements can be made at this store. In the meantime, I won’t be shopping the buffet. Thank you


Natalya Radmer January 25, 2016 at 2:30 am

• I being living in Evanston for 8 years, and shopping in Whole Foods on weekly basic. More then 50% of my grocery I used to buy in Whole Foods: fruits, veggies, pasta, juices, breads, teas, deserts, cheeses, butter, meats for sandwiches, yogurts, some cereals, all baking goods related products, and most importantly all vitamins supply for my family. Last time I went for vitamins, I spent more than $70 to buy just few containers with different specific ingredients. Last time I traveled home in Europe, I took 8 bottles of vitamins from Whole Foods. All this ended in one day, now I have to shop for Vitamins on line through other sources, and pick my groceries from Tread Joe’s, and Food Markets stores. I bought bottle of vitamins from the children section in this Whole Foods where I usually shop, it was some new brand, not on sale, so I decided to try. We opened container, pills were very large, and no matter how hard my daughter tried, she couldn’t swallow one, I told her it’s probably for chewing, not for swallow, so she start to chew. Shortly, right away she started vomiting it out, saying its test horrible. I didn’t believe her right away, and tried one myself, test was very terrible, it was clearly not for chewing, and especially not for children. Few days later when I had a day of, I went to store trying to return it, in exchange on other bottle of vitamins, perhaps same cast or less. I got rejected by stuff, they said since I didn’t brought receipt, they can’t do anything for me, I explained the situation, and told them that, I don’t need refund, I just need some other bottle of vitamins, that I know works for us, even Gummy Bears if I have too. Neither Elena, or Rene, that’s was their names, wanted to hear anything, they didn’t show any care or sympathy for my situation, I left vitamins on customer service desk and left, when I was walking out I turned around, and saw that, what it seems like they processing return, because they were holding my bottle, and punching something on register. I was very astonished after such treatment, and promised myself never shop in Whole Foods again.


angel love March 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm

well big business has taken over the once truly great store. sad sad sad and my health depends on my eating organic. so luckys open across the street in a few months. a fmalyl owned organic store. hurray. finally another choice. wf goes up in price almost by the month. sickening.


Paula M January 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Terrible customer service at Sugarhouse location. Apparently the store has flagged my bank card for “possible fraud” even though I shop there every week. I was completely embarrassed when they declined my card and refused to take a check. I left my groceries to get cash from the ATM , was told they would hold them, and they had put everything back. The manager was rude and arrogant. I will be taking this up with Corporate. They have messed with the wrong customer.


angel love March 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

good for you. i have had many bad experiences at wf myself over time. and i just want a no stress food shipping time. after all that is the energy and life force and with negativity it is not as good. for us.
try luckys if you have one near you.
i feel for you. at least i may have a choice in a few months.


Mindy December 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Wow. I had a very bad experience at the Whole Foods at 14615 W 119th St, Olathe, KS 66062 today. I’ve never had eggnog. My husband is very particular about his eggnog. I asked if they would sample some some out for me. The manager told me she would open it for me to taste instead. She opened it and gave me a giant glass of it. I wasn’t that impressed. I asked if I could take the rest to my husband. She was very rude and told me to “Send him in. We’ll let him taste it too”. Really? Is this a new rule that Whole Foods doesn’t sample items out anymore? What was she going to do with the rest of it? Drink it herself? My husband was a 45 minutes away working and he doesn’t have many days off. Perhaps I wasn’t dressed well enough for that area of the city. It was interesting that I went to the other Whole Foods who were more than glad to sample it out to me. I won’t be going back to the first location.


angel love March 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

some of the stores are bad.


Luis O December 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Excellent Customer services in Coral Sprints FL. I purchased a e gift card for my parents who live near your store. When my parents attempted to use the card, they were told the card was invalid. They were embarrassed by the situation. Since I live in Colorado and they live in Florida, I thought I would contact the store to find out what the situation was. I asked for a manager and got Heather Tomany. Heather was very helpful and did what she needed to do to make this better. My parents visited the store again today and they were very well taken care of. I just wanted to thank Heather for going above what we expected to make this right. My parents are very pleased with the service they got thanks to Heather!


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