GreenAcres Market, the 20-year-old chain of natural foods markets, is acquiring three Whole Foods Association stores in Wichita, Kan., and two Health Food Centers in Oklahoma City and Lawton, Okla., with a complete buyout soon to come. In addition, the chain is planning to add a second store in the Kansas City plaza area next year.
“Plans have been in the works for several months,” said Barb Hoffmann, CEO of GreenAcres. “I have greatly admired Rene Shelton and her late husband, Bill, who started Whole Foods 42 years ago and who were the first to bring all natural, organic food and quality vitamin and mineral supplements to Wichita. It is an honor to carry on their mission of education as we continue our mission to become your healthy food experts.”
Hoffman said the move to expand GreenAcres will allow her to share what her team has learned about nutrition in the last 20 years with a much wider, Midwestern audience. “We are dedicated to the Midwest,” she added, “it is our home base and we love the opportunity to provide valuable information and service to those seeking a healthier lifestyle.”
Through GreenAcres’ acquisition, the chain reaffirms its commitment to providing health and wellness solutions to Wichita, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and the Midwest area. “With more competition coming, it creates more choice for our customers, and we can all work together to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time,” Hoffman added. “We are thrilled and honored to have this opportunity.”