Interbay Whole Foods to open in October

The Interbay Whole Foods is scheduled to open October 14th.

Queen Anne View is reporting that the anchor tenant is “on track” for their mid-October opening after a lawsuit with the developer was settled earlier this year. They have the entire story here.

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KBeta
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KBeta

Be sure to read about the letter from Whole Food's CEO John Mackey on the WSJ editorial page. Make your own decisions.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/17

h h
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h h

i won't be spending one single cent at any whole paycheck store. the latest reason why:

http://www.americablog.com/2009/08/whole-foods-

KBeta
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KBeta

Here's a little more about the controversy from HUFPO.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/18/the-wh

Chicone
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Chicone

Who needs to spend any money- I love to just roam the incredible produce and check out the $17 steaks. The #1 reason though is the hot women that are there.

Crystal Grace Rutherford
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We can support our local farmers and fishermen and union workers without supporting a business with a black heart and a right-wing agenda that will actively undermine our community. The Ballard Farmer's Market, the Ballard Market, New Roots Organics and others contribute to our neighborhood's well being while running successful businesses. We do not need and should not patronize Whole Foods.

Gurple
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I know the guy who's going to run the Interbay store when it opens. Nice guy. Rough time to take over management of this particular store!

Mystech
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Am I excited? Will I be shopping there? Depends… Is John Mackay still the CEO? :-)

In all fairness, he has been back pedaling faster than a fixie going up a steep hill.

SPG
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SPG

He's only backpedalling because he didn't think any of those stinking hippies would read the Wall Street Journal. After he changes his stance on health care, ask him when he's going to allow his workers to organize.

ballardog
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ballardog

Don't be ridiculous. Whole Foods does not have a right wing agenda, John Mackey is a Libertarian as are a significant number of alternative health care providers. If anyone has an agenda it is the government cronies and their special interest groups who continue to try and shut down the alternative health and organic food industry. Why does a company need a union if they treat their employees better than the union treats them?

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Card check is coming.

ballardog
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ballardog

It's not about “allowing workers to organize.” most Whole Foods employees choose not to unionize because the company treats them better than the union. Unionizing Whole Foods would force many restrictions that benefit the employees. How many non-government companies pay 100% of their employees health care premium? WFM is the only one I know of.

eric
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eric

HOLY CRAP!!! “WHOLE PAYCHECK”? did you make that up? that is soooo funny OMG, i've never heard such humor!!!!

ahem.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

Libertarians are MORE right wing than are GOPers and most dems are GOPers who like sex.

ballardog
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ballardog

Be sure and read the unedited version as it was submitted to the WSJ. You might find it is less inflammatory and does not contain adjectives like “Obamacare” that were inserted by the WSJ:

http://www2.wholefoodsmarket.com/blogs/jmackey/

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Oh, thank you for that blanket assessment. But I don't think the differences are that simple.

ballardog
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ballardog

LOL!

SPG
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SPG

Perhaps it is less inflammatory, but the point is still the same.
Add in the anti union stance and that seals the deal.

SPG
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SPG

True Libertarians are the worst of the worst. They should all be required to spend at least one year in a true libertarian society like Somalia before being allowed to preach that crap.

SPG
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SPG

That may be true about Whole Foods employees, but Mackey's actively worked against the unions as a whole, not just at Whole Foods.

BallardFan1
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BallardFan1

I didn't used to shop at Whole Foods for a variety of reasons. But considering how much good they've done for the environment, their high standards of quality, and fairness in how they treat their employees, this new store will most certainly be getting my business. Add the fact that they aren't union and have a CEO who isn't afraid of the loud majority, and I'm *so* in.

It's not right to stifle people for simply voicing their opinion. At a time like this, we need to be praising creative thinking instead of trying to make everyone conform to “hope” and “change” when it will cost us loads of money. We should be supporting anyone who values their employees HALF as much as WFM and also has incredibly high standards about the environment and animal testing. I applaud WFM and will be making special trips to shop and sip on some Peet's while I'm there. Whole Paycheck or not – I'm so there.

ballardog
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ballardog

Why so big on the union? What is the need? I can understand this if the company was treating their employees poorly but WFM is consistently rated among the top companies to work for as voted on by those same employees. What gives?

ballardog
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ballardog

Sheesh. No wonder we have such different viewpoints.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

Then why do they have an average 25% turn over a year?

ballardog
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ballardog

Not aware of that figure. Maybe folks working there aren't all out to be career checkers or maybe that is the nature of retail. Perhaps better answered by a WFM employee.

SweetRose
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SweetRose
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