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Whole Foods opens in downtown Indianapolis

Whole Foods opens in downtown Indianapolis”

As for rolling out Amazon Go technology at Whole Foods Market, which Amazon purchased previous year, Puerini says there are no plans to launch what she calls "just walk out" technology at the chain.

Citing recruiters helping the people find new jobs and former employees, WSJ reports more than a dozen executives and senior level managers in the bakery, produce, sustainability and local foods divisions have left Whole Foods since Amazon acquired the grocer last summer.

Some veterans exited the company despite requests that they stay, while others say they were pushed out after Amazon announced the acquisition but before the deal was closed.

Whole Foods Team Leader Jarad Miller said the store gave gift cards to the first 500 customers, and the cards were gone within 15 minutes of the store's opening.

Whole Foods is below a new, 292-unit luxury apartment building and about a mile from a wave of Mass Ave. developments in the making.

But the brain drain has suppliers to Whole Foods anxious, the report goes on to say. Top managers disapprove of reporting to younger Amazon executives, according to the report.

There are two other Whole Foods locations in central in; one is in Carmel and the other is on East 86th Street on Indy's north side.

The explosive growth at Whole Foods slowed after competitors Walmart, Kroger and other retailers began charging less for several of the organic, natural and niche products that at one time set apart Whole Foods from the rest, giving it an ability to charge higher prices.

Despite these issues, many employees said they have been forced to put on a fearless face for Amazon executives during town hall meetings. The grocery retailer already planned to increase the fees suppliers pay to have their products stocked, which could cause them to raise prices or defect to other retailers.

Talbott points out that Amazon bought Whole Foods past year and lowered some prices. Amazon provided Investor's Business Daily with statements to clarify the situation from John Mackey, a co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods as well as a top Amazon official.

That was one of the insights she and another executive shared at Shoptalk, a retail industry event that kicked off its four-day run Sunday.

"We.have maintained our distinctive culture while embracing many of Amazon's leadership principles", Mr. Mackey said.

Steve Kessel, a senior vice president for Amazon, said: "We are just months into our integration with Whole Foods Market and it's going incredibly well. We are off to a great start, and look forward to many years of future success together".



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