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FAQs from Our Global Office

As the receptionist at the Whole Foods Market Global Support offices, I’m here to help set the record straight on recurring questions that I receive daily from interested investors, customers and potential new Team Members. Here are a few I’ve answered recently:

Q: “I’m so excited there is a Whole Foods Market headed to my area, how do I find out when they will be opening? Also, how do I apply for a job at the new store?”

A: We’re excited one of our stores is headed to your area as well! First, check out our list of Stores in Development to verify the information you’ve heard is correct and that we do have a store coming to your area.  Once that’s confirmed, the regional office overseeing that store opening will have the most accurate information on opening dates. (The regional office page shows a breakdown of the states that each regional office oversees.)

If you are interested in working with us, the regional office can also let you know when they will start the application process. Typically, each region posts the open positions once they are ready to begin the hiring process. Keep in mind, though, that all of our dates are tentative. We hope that each store opening will be a seamless process but sometimes, just like in life, there are bumps along the way!

Q: “I want to invest in your company, how can I receive more information about your annual earnings?”

A: This is the perfect time of year to learn about our annual earnings. We just released our 2011 Annual Report.

Note that the information listed in this report and on our Investor Relations page may contain “forward-looking statements.” (Essentially this means that we’re not making any promises about end results, which are subject to change.) To receive even more up-to-date information, check out our 1st Quarter Earnings Conference Call that took place on February 8, 2012. On the right of that page, you can also request an investor information packet, at no charge to you.

Investor FAQ’s are listed on this page as well for any additional information you are looking for before you decide to invest. We want to make sure you are able to retrieve all of the information you need before you take the leap.

If there is information you aren’t able to find, call me at 512-477-4455 and I can get you in touch with the Investor Relations team.

Q: “Do you have any quick tips for saving money at your store?”

A: I sure do! I know that during the hustle and bustle of everyday life it requires extra time to think about saving money.

We’ve taken on some of the research for you!

A great publication that we offer in stores and online is The Whole Deal value guide, which offers coupons, money saving tips and budget-friendly recipes.  You can easily print coupons directly from our website. Another great trick while shopping in our store is to look for our 365 Everyday Value® products that offer great quality at an even better value. Buying large quantities can also be a great way to cut some costs.

Double check to see if your local store provides case discounts (most do) and offers coffee or vitamin cards.

Another great idea is that I often keep a reusable shopping bag and coffee mug at my desk, or in my car, so I can take it with me when I shop because you can get discounts for using those items at participating stores!

Keep in mind that since we are a decentralized company, you’ll want to check with your local store to make sure they participate in any program I mention. We empower our stores and regions to decide what programs they want to offer depending on the needs of their customers. If you hear about something going on in another region that interests you, let your store know about it!

I hope I was able to demystify a few questions for everyone.

I skimmed the surface on a few topics that I could write pages about.

If you have other questions, send them my way and I would love to dig a little and find the answer for you.

Leave a comment below or feel free to give me a call at our Global Support office at 512-477-4455. Keep checking back in for the latest updates from Global!

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Tracy says …

Love it! Keep up the great work! :o)

Megan says …

@jpickler1 It looks like the Ashley Park store is due to open in late August.

jpickler1 says …

When is the Charlotte Store opening?

Mae says …

I live in Hendersonville Tn. All of my friends love Whole Foods but we have to go to Green Hills Tn. Any chance you will be opening a whole foods store around here? Thanks

Megan says …

@Mae Currently we do not have a store planned in that area. Make sure to fill out our <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/service.php?subject=12#viaemail" rel="nofollow">store request form</a>!

Cindy Dickinson says …

We love whole foods but have to travel far to get there. Any chance there might be one coming to cape may New Jersey or even Mays Landing New Jersey??? I will anxiously be waiting for your reply.

Megan says …

@CINDY - We do not currently have a store planned for that area. Please visit this page: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service?subject=12#viaemail and fill out a Store Location Request. Every request helps us determine the location for new stores!

Suzy Longlais says …

We desperately need a Whole Foods Market in Columbus GA! We have a huge population and a lot of healthy minded people with nowhere to shop! Please save us from GMO's!

deanna hinojosa says …

Hello. An old grocery store was recently closed down, what would it take to get a Whole Foods Market in the North Oak Cliff area. I'm sure I can prove the want is here!!:)

Angélica - Community Moderator says …

@DEANNA HINOJOSA: Please go here to submit a request: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/real-estate

mavel says …

I am a resident of Chino Hills, CA. This community's population is mostly college educated . Some have doctorate degrees. Above average income bracket. It will be beneficial for us as well as for Whole Foods Company to open a store in this area. Currently, the corner of Peyton Drive and Rock Springs close to 60 freeway and 71 freeway has a lot which used to be occupied by Best Buy store . This would be an excellent spot for a whole Food chain. Chino Hills is close to Claremont Colleges. Claremont is an upscale community as well.

Dora says …

Please make sweet potato tater tots a regular thing. They are delish!