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Whole Foods brings the world of natural and organic foods into the supermarket format.
huge fan of the business (as a customer and shareholder), the trend (towards healthy eating...my basket also includes CMG, HAIN, PNRA and more), the management team and the innovations/focus (eg, conscious capitalism, earth-friendly, etc).
Larger margins over other grocery store brands. Also has a life-style movement behind it. Who else has a life-style movement in the retail consumer space? SBUX
UNDER-PERFORMING? Sad to say = Yes!I draw on my experience with WFM in my home town Sarasota. That I consider a PRIME WFM market. Some 8 years ago I helped WFM get a $1 million subsidy. for its new building complex. WFM became a big success. BUT (in this Fool's opinion) it was then when WFM blew it.Because it did not recognize this region's (the Gulf Coast of Florida) potential. Translation = the Sarasota based store of WFM should have the hub for SIX more stores!Those six (or more) stores were opened up by WFM's competition. Some of which have already opened their second + even third store in the past decade. OUCH!.Maybe that's just this Fool.But when such a major opportunity is bypassed, this Fool is unwilling to classify WFM in the same super category as (say) AAPL.
I am vegetarian and Whole Foods is one place I can find a lot of things in one trip. I shop at other stores also, but Whole Foods is one place I will always go to for the quality and the ability to get a small quantity of the non-portioned items available. Buy what you know is how I approach investing.
Riding the growing trend of healthy eating and sustainably produced and organic foods. Highly rated by employees, great relative benefits. Raving customer base. Visionary leadership. Yes, facing stiffer competition, but this Top Dog has the teeth to fend off the ankle-biters, and grow out its store base over the long term.
In the right communities they are insanely popular
Food is the number challenge in the years to come. And I expect that WFM will play a role in meeting that challenge.
We have a store in Portland, Maine and I love going there. Good products, nice layout, easy foods to pick up for a lunch and organics are still growing. Haven't looked at financials but noticed the stock is at 1/2 what it was for its year high.
People are eating better and WFM sells quality. So much room to grow
Div. (Yield) $0.48 (1.3%)
Whole Foods has an outstanding product; the store near me is always busy. It just seems to need to take a breather after the split. It should come back.
I don't see them getting much better either, too may grocery stores are also selling organic foods now - and their numbers are growing.
Innovative company, solid balance sheet, and additional growth on the horizon. This stock has been unfairly beat down since earlier this year.
My family and I love Whole Foods. Great place to shop, good prices, friendly staff, and their fish/meat are better than anything else in the area.
Value play....beaten down to 52 week lows. This is a great company and brand still with room to grow.
Trying something new: picking companies with high customer satisfaction rankings as recorded by various polls/reports.
Organic foods and prepared foods growth are outpacing other parts of the grocery market. WFM price is down b/c of recent troubles with slowing growth. Don't be fooled into thinking Wal-Mart is taking away the organic business. It's a different demographic. WFM offers a differentiated shopping experience, a trusted source of organics and is a leader in prepared foods. Their strengths play neatly into industry trends, a great recipe for growth. Buy it now, while it's on sale.
It's a solid business that makes people happy doing grocery shopping. Wall Street doesn't like the stock (it's been under performing the market for the last 2 years), which is a great news for individual investors to hold it for long term.
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