The day before Thanksgiving is our busiest day here at Whole Foods Market, and one of my favorite days of the whole year. It is the day my team and I have been working toward for months, with the excitement building more each day. It is non-stop action for us in the stores: readying holiday orders, stocking the shelves and making sure each customer gets exactly what they need to make their holiday perfect. It is also a day that we remember how important our customers are to us.
We are always thankful for you, our customers - your feedback, your support, and your help in making Whole Foods Market such an amazing place to shop. This year in particular we want to thank each customer for telling us what they like - and don't like - enabling us to learn, grow and make each store and product exactly what you want it to be.
Today at the stores, when you are picking up your holiday treats, feel free to talk to our Team Members about what you are thankful for - or what you wish was a little different. Perhaps some of our Team Members, like those mentioned below, will share what they are thankful for as well.
Richie, Meat Team Leader: On a personal note, my family is the most important thing in my life, and I am so thankful for my amazing wife and such great kids and their spouses for giving me the best gift of all, grand children. On a work related note, I am thankful I found Whole Foods Market 12 years ago. It has been a great journey!
Matt, Customer Service Supervisor: I am thankful for those I am close to: family and friends, the small things in life, like a good cup of coffee or a beer with a friend. I am also thankful for Whole Foods. I am thankful to work in such a close knit environment where people genuinely care about each other and support each other. I am thankful for the family style approach to teamwork. And for some people, Whole Foods IS their primary family, so I celebrate them as well.
Leslie, Payroll and Benefits Specialist: I'm thankful to have a job in this time of economic crisis! (You said it Leslie!)
For my part, I am thankful for so many things, but most of all I am thankful for the health of my family and for the absolutely amazing group of people that I work with every day. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and being excited about your job!
Have a happy, healthy, and delicious Thanksgiving everyone!