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Whole Foods Market is one of the most successful national grocery stores in the United States. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Whole Foods Market, include free things you can get for each store.
1. The Year 1980. Whole Foods was founded in Austin, Texas in 1980 with only 19 employees. Many of the original employees are still working for Whole Foods.
2. Plastic Bags. Whole Foods stopped offering plastic grocery bags on Earth Day in 2008. It is estimated that the company saved more than 150 million plastic bags annually.
3. Ice Rink. The flagship store is in Austin, Texas. It’s also one of the largest Whole Foods in the world. It’s so big that it has an ice rink at the very top of the building.
4. Free Juicing Service. If your Whole Foods has a juice bar, you can bring them produce to juice for free. You just have to pay for the price of the produce.
5. Coupons. You can double stack manufacturer’s coupons and Whole Food’s coupons together.
6. Event Space. If your Whole Foods has a community room, then you can reserve it for any event for free!
7. Bowery. The largest supermarket in New York City is the Whole Foods in the Bowery.
8. 100 Best Companies To Work For. Fortune magazine ranked Whole Foods as one of the best 100 companies to work for. Whole Foods has been on the list for the past 18 years.
9. Open Policy. Whole Foods has an open policy when it comes to salaries and employees. Any worker can look up any other worker’s salary, even the CEO.
10. CEO John Mackey. If you were to look up John Mackey’s salary, you’d find that he only makes a dollar a year. Apparently, he has no other bonuses or stock options either. He’s just a good man who wants to do a good job!
11. Salary Cap. All of Whole Foods executives have a salary cap, meaning that they cannot make more than 19 times the average employee’s salary.
12. Buy Local. All Whole Foods buy locally from regional farmers, ranchers, growers, bakers, and producers. So this way no Whole Foods are the same, they’re all different.