- Whole Foods started as a small store called SaferWay.
- The company has an emphasis on charity and giving back.
- The store banned plastic bags in 2008.
- Amazon Prime users get a discount at Whole Foods.
Whether you love Whole Foods or have never set foot in the supermarket, there’s no denying the chain’s influence on the organic food landscape.
From how the company got started to the reason behind its „open salary“ policy, here are 13 facts about Whole Foods.
Whole Foods began as a small health food store opened by a 25-year-old college dropout.
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey forayed into the health food business with SaferWay, a small store he and his girlfriend at the time, Renee Lawson Hardy, opened in Austin, Texas, in 1978.
Mackey was a 25-year-old college dropout when he and Lawson Hardy borrowed $45,000 from family and friends to open the shop, whose name playfully riffed on the supermarket chain Safeway.
Co-founders Mackey and Lawson Hardy lived at their store.
After getting kicked out of their apartment for storing SaferWay inventory there, Mackey and Lawson Hardy decided to live at the store. But the building had commercial zoning, so there was no shower.
„Renee and I would take showers in the Hobart dishwasher in the restaurant, you know, using the spray hose,“ Mackey said in a 2004 interview with Fast Company.
Mackey follows a plant-based diet.
Mackey became a vegetarian when he was in his 20s and still follows a plant-based diet today.
„In my 20s, I moved into a vegetarian co-op and that was the beginning of my own food consciousness journey,“ he said in an interview with NBC News. „I was a very picky eater. I never ate vegetables, but within a pretty short period of time I became a vegetarian.“
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