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!