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Whole Foods brings the world of natural and organic foods into the supermarket format.
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Whole Foods has spearheaded the profitability of consumer-conscious grocery sales. The merger of Safeway and Kroger hint that volume sales is reaching a point of diminishing returns, leaving room for WFM to further differentiate themselves.
Whole Foods will continue to grow as more Americans start caring about where their food comes from and what is in their food. Whole Foods also has a very stable labor force because their employees actually like to work there.
They are building new stores rapidly. Consumer demand for fresh and healthy foods is growing as climate change and unhealthy foods are becoming more well known.
good food is good thing.
more people eating healthy, more stores
Whole Foods market is one of the Best retail grocery shopping experiences in the United States.WFM is a LONG - TERM BUY!!!WHOVPLLC
Whole Foods has a healthy balance sheet and plans to continue to expand. The long term prospects for earnings growth are good and their customer base is loyal.Disappointing 1st quarter earnings report missing expectations and reduced outlook for the year dropping the stock price a few points making it even more attractive.
Very long term growth and maturity story. As the company matures, more FCF will be returned to shareholders. As stores mature, more FCF will be generated from each store. By company's own admission, older stores generate an ROIC upwards of 100%, whereas new stores generate 10-20%. New stores are costing 10-12MM to build by my estimate. I think this one could do very well provided they can continue differentiating themselves and the naturals/organics groceries doesn't become a commodity business ( a serious risk factor, considering most of the chains now have substantial organic offering, to the extent that I don't even personally make any trip to WholeFoods markets anymore). But there are plenty of believers of this concept. And there is definitely demand for a premium grocer in this country and other countries.
Best of Breed, I think natural/organic food movement is only just beginning
As we become more educated on what is in our food and what is being hidden in it too more people will move toward eating awareness.
Store expansion, leader in their space and excellent management will continue to fuel outperformed growth amongst pier group.
People is all about the health issues.
Yes, this stock will outperform the S&P 500. I have always like their products and services. The recession has made it so we could not eat out there like in the past, but I think those days are coming to an end. There is a very large high-end market for these products and services.
Continuing to break into new markets. They pay their employees well enough to retain good ones.
Whole Foods is in a solid, growing market. There are competitors, but they are smaller and are not as well equipped to expand their operation.
I am a big believer in the organic food trend. Also, when my friends who usually shop at "regular" grocery stores happen to buy produce at WFM, they often find themselves exclaiming about how yummy that produce is. I think they had forgotten what strawberries could taste like. I know it is more expensive and I understand especially for families that paying more for organic & local food seems like a luxury they can't afford. And maybe they can't. But I also feel like, if I can afford it, they can too. (I'm not exactly raking in the big bucks). And, while I haven't actually done a scientific test on this theory, I don't think Whole Foods stuff is acutely that much more $$ than other places (outside of COSTCO type stores. But that's a whole other thing in my opinion). If you shop at WFM and stick to actual "whole foods", but the 365 brand when possible, it's really quite comparable. I'll get back to you after I actually test this theory. Finally, I think the growing environmental & organic trends are only going to increase in popularity. As more people switch to organic, the price should go down, making it more affordable to more people, meaning a growing customer base, and so on and so on. I'm in for the long haul on this one.
Our change to the more healthy foods to go with a change with the XY generations.
I see short term headwinds, but I also have more personal reasons for marking a thumb down.1) My wife's recent experiences - left Safeway due to unionized indifference in the customer service area; we live in a more affluent community and she shops more for service than anything; she had shopped WFM for about 2 years now, but recently switched to a local (non-chain grocery store; when I asked her why she stated the staff just doesn't seem to validate her patronage anymore; the cashiers at one time would engage her in conversation, but now they simply take her money and chat w/ one another; customer validation is key in a successful business2) wife was out of town this week and I had a sweet tooth; tooled down to our local WFM and shopped for a half a pie; according to bakery personnel they stopped offering half pieces about 4-6 months ago; I noticed a full pie would run me $24, and a piece of pie would cost $3.99; dropped by the (dare I say!) Safeway and picked up a piece of pie for under $3; even in an affluent community you can't gouge and given it's current price model, at least on my small sampling, that is where we find ourselves w/ WFM.In the end, you can talk business model, you can talk P/E, P/S, P/B, cutting cost whatever....you still need to get back to the basics of providing top knotch service and competitive pricing.
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