Whole Foods is reportedly looking into occupying defunct Sears and Kmart stores as a way to scale up its operations quickly at a relatively low cost. “First and foremost, we’re looking for the best location we can find. So if that’s an existing center — second-generation space—that meets all of our criteria… we’ll jump all over it,” said Jim Sud, executive vice president of growth and business development, who did not confirm the reports. Last month, reports surfaced that Amazon plans to rapidly expand Whole Foods stores within areas the company can offer two-hour delivery times.
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