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FAQs from our Global Office

By Nikki Newman, July 15, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Nikki Newman

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: “How do I apply for a job at in a store that’s still in development?”

A: As a decentralized company, each store or support office is responsible for hiring at their location. Once you check the list of stores in development to confirm we have a store opening in your area, reach out to the state’s regional office to get an estimated opening date. Keep in mind that opening dates are flexible and can be changed for a variety of reasons.  Stores generally start the application process roughly 45 days before the store opening. Hiring will start with store leadership positions first and then openings will be posted for entry-level positions. Continue to check our careers page for updated job postings. Several regions conduct job fairs for larger store openings so make sure and reach out to the regional office to see how their process works!

Q: “I would like to write a paper about Whole Foods Market for a summer course I’m taking, who can help me find information?”

A: Please understand that we simply don’t have adequate staff to accommodate requests for interviews with our Team Members or to fill out and return questionnaires. Our Customer Information Team is always happy to try and point you in the right direction if you’re looking for information for your project. To help you on your way, they've pulled together some of the resources most requested by students and where you’ll find that information on our website:

  • All of the sales and financial information we are able to share with the public is available in the Investor Relations section of our website. There’s a great deal of information there, and anything above and beyond what is there is in all likelihood proprietary.
  • We have tons of information about our benefits, hiring practices, and company policies on our Careers pages. Another great resource if you’re looking for information about working at Whole Foods Market is to search our Press Room for press releases about our placement on FORTUNE® Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.
  • Unlike many companies, we don’t have a traditional one sentence mission statement. Our Core Values reflect our company’s mission. You’ll find those in the Values section of our website.
  • We do not have a Corporate Social Responsibility report, but we do have a Green Mission Report available on our website. The bulk of our donation dollars go to our stores to work with organizations in and around their communities. If you have any questions about community giving at your local store, call the store and speak with someone in Marketing and Community Relations.
  • Information about what we look for when building a new store is available on the Real Estate page.

Q: “I make a product that I want to sell in Whole Foods Market. Do you carry products from small, local vendors?”

A: We love to support local vendors! Our company has decentralized buying which allows each region to work with vendors based on the shopping needs of their specific community. You’ll need to contact the regional office in your area for details on becoming a vendor in that region. We want local vendors to prosper, which is one of the reasons that we started the Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP). Take a look at the LPLP site is useful for vendor stories, program details and an FAQ page. To get an idea of the local vendors we support in your area, check out our Local Growers Map.

These are just a few of the questions I’ve received lately. I’d love hearing your specific questions and finding an answer for you. Leave a comment below with your question!

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Ryan B. says ...
I think having the network of local vendors and farmers is what's going to give Whole Foods the edge over the other major supermarkets.
07/19/2012 2:49:02 PM CDT
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08/10/2012 2:14:27 AM CDT
Kim Fabri says ...
I´m Brazilian, and for years have been following the expansion and control of a specific segment in the american market. I really admire the company, and its development projects, with many new strores in USA and Canada. Questioning why the Whole Foods Market never turned to Brazil as a potential cliente, i would like to know if there is any plans for stores in Rio de Janeiro for example, a world wide recognized city for its concerns with organic foods and care for nature. This could be an opportunity, taking into consideration its few competitors and a growing consumer public. Regards, Kim
08/28/2012 3:47:20 PM CDT
dona shamali peiris says ...
I love whole foods products, as Srilankan we always eat the organic food produced in my little country which we do not hear much about cancer as in the state were now i lived. I can imagine how much people will be suffering from cancer all across the America,Its because of the food that american eat,thanks to whole food lots of people now come to know what to eat and how to eat. I love to be a part of this journey of organic food by supplying a organic tea from Srilanka the best organic tea in the world to your store, please try this tea and give an opportunity to American to taste it.
08/28/2012 9:36:11 PM CDT
Andre Araujo says ...
I manufacture brown sugar unrefined, Mascavo Sugar, with 100% molasses, in Brazil. This product is widely used for making integral breads, cookies, integral cakes, is also found in all health food stores in my country. How do I sell my product in 500 g packages in WHOLE FOODS MARKET? And, who would be The Contact? Thank you!
08/30/2012 2:45:22 PM CDT
Holly Wilson says ...
I recently moved from Colorado Springs, CO to Sturbridge, MA. Unfortunately, there are no Whole Foods Markets in this area. I traveled 44 miles last weekend to go to the WFM in Framingham, MA. The weekend before, I traveled further to Hadley, MA. That's how much I love WFM! With 1,000 stores as the goal, I am crossing my fingers that one of them comes closer to my new hometown.
09/11/2012 9:20:18 PM CDT
Charles Bates says ...
Dear Headquarters: I currently work in retail at Prepared Foods in the Devon store (1202276DEV), located in Wayne, PA (Mid-Atlantic). I also go to Kutztown University and need to complete a writing based internship that starts on January 28, 2012. Is there a possibility I can apply for an internship position at my regional office in Rockville, Maryland or the northeast office in Englewood Cliffs, NJ? If there is no opportunity on a regional level for public relations, marketing, and/or something else writing related, would I be able to apply for a position in Austin? I would be willing to move down there and do a part office, part work in store program to compensate for teavelling and living expenses from mid-January through early-May. --Charlie
09/27/2012 3:34:19 PM CDT
Pamela Sweeten says ...
I am able to offer Chemical Free disinfest and paturization process. Would like to share with correct contact. www.rfbiocidics.com
10/03/2012 2:46:35 PM CDT
Patrick Volkar says ...
I am trying to find a Whole Foods contact to discuss locating a Whole Foods store in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. We own a building with a 28,000 sq. ft. site and are currently in negotiations with Natural Grocers and Trader Joes. If Whole Foods Has any interest we will be happy to submit site details. This site and area are an ideal location for Whole Foods.
10/18/2012 7:30:15 PM CDT
Burak Tun says ...
Hello, We are a company who produces chocolate, hazelnut spreads and hazelnut bars. We would like to sell our products in Wholefoods Stores. We are producing in Turkey and I would like to know if we should contact the main offices in Austin, TX or any regional offices in the local areas? Thank you.
10/19/2012 5:56:09 AM CDT
Larissa Herrera says ...
Help! We need a Whole foods on the Westside of Albuquerque (Ventana Ranch) and Rio Rancho (Loma Linda Colorado area). How can we make this happen?
10/24/2012 12:38:38 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@LARISSA - Be sure to fill out a Store Request Form over on our Customer Service Page here: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service Every request helps us determine the location of new stores!
10/24/2012 1:25:22 PM CDT
Monica Varela says ...
Good morning, I would like to sell an organic product (extra virgin olive oil) in Whole Food Market. I am from Spain. Wich one is the region that I need to contact to? Thank you so much.
10/25/2012 3:59:44 AM CDT
Joanna says ...
Stockton Ca may have been name the most miserable city in the US but we still want to eat healthy like everyone else! You have 3 stores now in and around Sacramento and nothing within decent driving distance to Stockton. Is there plans to put a Whole foods near Stockton, Tracy, Lodi or Manteca soon? Sure hope so! Trader Joes is all we have right now!
11/02/2012 12:22:29 PM CDT
ali hussein says ...
Look for the regional director of the Office site to file a complaint Thank you very much
11/03/2012 10:45:17 AM CDT
bj ankodia says ...
Thank you whole foods so much for being in the American Market !! Your products and dedication to carry healthier products gives you a credit of good karma.I grew up in india and when i moved here found all these other stores carrying all these fake products and just hurting the Human Body..BUT you stand so apart !! Educating people about ghee is a big thing !! Thanks !!
11/11/2012 11:13:10 AM CST
Margaret S Long says ...
[SENT TO MATT - NN] I attempted to purchase a gift card from the Whole Foods Website. After completing my order, I received a pop up menu asking me to call Whole Foods to verify some personal information. When I called and spoke to LISA #1058, she asked for my credit card number, then the last four digits of my SS# and then started to ask add'l information which she said would be verified against public records. ARE YOU AWARE THAT THIS IS GOING ON. IS THIS REALLY LIGITIMATE - OR WAS I TAKEN IN A SCAM. If this is really your procedure, what are you going to do with this information. Fortunately, I didn't give the SS# or any other info. I think this needs to be thoroughly investigated. PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
12/08/2012 8:31:00 PM CST
Donna Beckman says ...
I've been hoping since my cancer diagnosis to have a store local to my zip 46304. The number of cancer patients is skyrocketing here & the need/demand for organic nutrition is great. But it's been 6 years & I can't wait, so I'm writing to thank you for never coming through. I event went to your distribution center hoping it was a store only to find it was just an office. Since your store isn't available, I now know of a local sustainable farm & get personalized service at prices that are probably lower than yours. So I'm writing to thank you for never establishing your store here.
12/11/2012 7:32:22 AM CST
Ron Taylor says ...
I am part of a leadership development group at my job (a government agency), and we are searching for a company or organization where we can meet and talk with the leadership team. We are planning our trip for sometime in the spring or summer. I suggested Whole Foods since I am a frequent shopper and know the morals and standards of the company. Please reply via email in regards to making our visit a possibility. Thank You.
01/23/2013 3:38:35 PM CST
Tasha says ...
WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for nick cannon health fitness
02/04/2013 11:28:52 PM CST
Pamela says ...
PLEASE bring a Whole Foods Market to The Woodlands, Texas! We would love to have a store conveniently located in our rapidly growing neighborhood.
02/22/2013 2:03:24 PM CST
Blessed Chuksorji-Keefe says ...
I read an article recently that said that Whole Foods has created a frequent shopper program. I have unsuccessfully searched your website for more information. Please tell me how/where to sign up for this program. Thanks!
09/27/2014 9:04:15 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BLESSED - We have announced a program but it is still in the pilot phase at our store in Princeton, NJ. We will make sure to announce it once the program is available in more stores.
09/29/2014 11:21:50 AM CDT