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Whole Foods brings the world of natural and organic foods into the supermarket format.
Good solid business with strong brand. Stock price recently hit due to an unfavorable earnings report and a long term strategy of "mini stores" which investors did not like.
With the trend and popularity of eating healthy, buying locals, and organic non-gmo foods, whole foods remains the top store to go to. They have great customer services and employees. I believe in this store to do well in its market.
BUY BUY BUY! This will become a cult stock if it isn't already . If you haven't been to a Whole Foods go sometime and you will know exactly what I am talking about!
Too much of a sell off. Getting in at a decent price.
It's out pricing itself and boxing itself in and trying to expand, consequently it's growing pains are magnified by overall operating expenses and profit margins. And it's going to take a while before it's a new concept of stores tailored for different economic neighborhood markets will see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Management will figure out how to deal in a more competitive environment for organic food - on the negative side margins may go down which may negatively impact valuation in the near term. Overall store number increase and operational efficiency will win out in the end. This pick is not for the short term trader.
This will be the last year you can buy Whole Foods under $50. With the over reaction today down to $41.50, I am a buyer. They posted solid earnings and sales, albeit SSS were not up to par at 3% (expected 5%). The roll out of smaller stores, catering to the masses will prove to be a game changer. Currently, WF is handcuffed with the smallest segment of the population - the 2%. The high majority of its future customers can't afford the traditional WF. I expect more 365 products lining the shelves of their new format @ 20% discount to third party brands. At a $14 billion market cap, WF is the cheapest valued retail leader star.
The natural and high quality food trend is not going away and likely still in early stages.. There's a few players, let's pick the leader.
I think we'll continue to see growth in the organic grocery sector.
steady though last summer, steady growth over 6 months, established company that doesn't hang its' hat on technology.
I like the U of M store.
eco +health + luxury. quality. expansion. middle america. canada.
As more people are informed about GMO's and food additives the shift will be towards healthier natural foods
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.
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