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Fighting off new competitors, lawsuits over pricing fraud, and poor earnings have...
Whole Food's strong cash position, strong operating cash flows, strong brand equity, and long-term unit growth potential could attract the attention of an outsider (e.g., activist) – and, an outsider could be the force needed to enact change at Whole Foods.
WFM's merchandise margins (ex-LIFO, ex-rent) are well above its publicly traded specialty food retail peers.
Today, the market for natural/organic food has increased dramatically, attracting many more competitors – including some truly large disruptors including both Kroger and Costco.