West Hartford Whole Foods Store At Bi...

West Hartford Whole Foods Store At Bishops Corner Must Be Sold

There are 23 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 6, 2009, titled West Hartford Whole Foods Store At Bishops Corner Must Be Sold. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Whole Foods will have to sell its Bishops Corner supermarket in West Hartford as part of a federal antitrust settlement announced Thursday.

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Manchester Reader

Cheshire, CT

#1 Mar 6, 2009
I hope the store will come back as a Wild Oats. I've always much preferred shopping there because it's so much easier to navigate and has less foot traffic and better parking than the one in West Hartford Center.
Patches

United States

#2 Mar 7, 2009
Maybe a Kosher Bodega will move in like they have in New York City.
iCare

Wallingford, CT

#3 Mar 7, 2009
Bring on BIG Y!!!!
Cranky

New Hartford, CT

#4 Mar 7, 2009
Whole Foods = Highway Robbery
old timer

Shelton, CT

#5 Mar 7, 2009
Are the old Cheese and Stuff owners around?
Listen to yourself

Greenfield, MA

#6 Mar 7, 2009
Patches wrote:
Maybe a Kosher Bodega will move in like they have in New York City.
Crown Market around the corner is the next best thing to a Kosher Bodega. In fact, many from New York actually make pilgrimages to Crown to shop. It's a West Hartford treasure.
She Who Shops

Bloomfield, CT

#7 Mar 7, 2009
I am NOT happy about this news! Bishop's Corner is much more convenient than West Hartford Center.I hope they relocate in the Bloomfield area in a bigger space.

By the way, what is up with Bishop's Corner? Nothing much left there.
Too Much Govt

United States

#8 Mar 7, 2009
Do we REALLy need FTC regulation in regards to how many natural food stores are in West Hartford? Why not let the market decide? It's too bad people are going to lose jobs and Bishops Corner is losing an ancor tenant, right in the middle of a recession. This is what to expect from "well intentioned do gooders" in Washington. They know what's best for you, not the free market or the residents of WH.
emc

West Hartford, CT

#9 Mar 7, 2009
Come on over here Trader Joes!
Liberty

New Haven, CT

#10 Mar 7, 2009
Too Much Govt wrote:
Do we REALLy need FTC regulation in regards to how many natural food stores are in West Hartford? Why not let the market decide? It's too bad people are going to lose jobs and Bishops Corner is losing an ancor tenant, right in the middle of a recession. This is what to expect from "well intentioned do gooders" in Washington. They know what's best for you, not the free market or the residents of WH.
Right on brother, exactly what I was going to say. Its amazing that the government can control fairness, just another part of this society they are going to ruin.

“Miss LMHtfd”

Since: May 08

Hartford, CT

#11 Mar 7, 2009
Too Much Govt wrote:
Do we REALLy need FTC regulation in regards to how many natural food stores are in West Hartford? Why not let the market decide?
The market would have decided if Wild Oats had been able to continue its existence instead of being acquired and then converted by Whole Foods. This case wasn't about their market saturation but about their attempt to monopolize the natural/organic foods market by buying up (in certain markets) their only viable competition.
FAV

East Hartford, CT

#12 Mar 7, 2009
The usual Big Business tricks, buy out the competition and in this case even close the store The FTC argued competition by supermarket "natural food" sections, a joke, but hey, the FTC never saw a merger it didn't like. After the quiet period after the takeover, prices have been steadily creeping up steadily ever since. Just another case of our regulatory agencies in the pocket of Big Business. No surprise as they hedge their bets and make sure both political parties are well rewarded for their support by copious campaign contributions.
Plernis Chronchintate

United States

#13 Mar 7, 2009
I'm all for competition, but this seems pretty silly to me. If the store ends up closing, the bottom line is it will cost jobs. I rarely go to the Whole Foods but I'd prefer to stop at the one in Bishop's Corner than the busy, crowded one in BBS. I just don't like BBS/the center at all.

Since: Sep 08

Salem, CT

#14 Mar 7, 2009
OK, so Exxon-Mobil is not a problem, but this is? It's not a question of too much regulation; it's regulators dealing with diversionary issues rather than taking on the big fights.
schwing

West Hartford, CT

#15 Mar 8, 2009
it is actually cheaper to go eat in a restaurant than to buy the equivalent meal at whole foods and cook it yourself. this is the nordstrom of grocery stores. in this economy, i give them maybe 3 more months.
schwing

West Hartford, CT

#16 Mar 8, 2009
By the way, what is up with Bishop's Corner? Nothing much left there.=========
--- rents have become too expensive to allow retail use. the only really thriving business is the pawn shop and they are selling stolen goods (we found some of our stolen silverware there). Quiznos closed down, a really bad sign. i've got 3 kids ages 13 - 21. none of them in all these years has ever wanted a ride to bishop's corner. they go to the center, blue back, the mall.....never bishop's corner.
Too Much Govt

Boca Raton, FL

#17 Mar 8, 2009
LMHtfd wrote:
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The market would have decided if Wild Oats had been able to continue its existence instead of being acquired and then converted by Whole Foods. This case wasn't about their market saturation but about their attempt to monopolize the natural/organic foods market by buying up (in certain markets) their only viable competition.
They were both publically traded companies. Buying up their competition WAS the market deciding. In a 'free market', the stronger and better run company survives, the weaker succombs. How would you like to have been employed at the Bishops Corner store and now be unemployed in this economy by this decision. I fail to see how this decision helps anyone.
Go Pro

Palmer, MA

#18 Mar 8, 2009
THIS is what the govt. worries about.

A conglomerate FOOD STORE.

HOW Aabout some ANTI-TRUST LAWS being imposed on the EFFING BANKS that are 'too big to fail.'

This country is doomed.
Joe from W Hartford

Manchester, CT

#19 Mar 9, 2009
schwing wrote:
By the way, what is up with Bishop's Corner? Nothing much left there.=========
--- rents have become too expensive to allow retail use. the only really thriving business is the pawn shop and they are selling stolen goods (we found some of our stolen silverware there). Quiznos closed down, a really bad sign. i've got 3 kids ages 13 - 21. none of them in all these years has ever wanted a ride to bishop's corner. they go to the center, blue back, the mall.....never bishop's corner.
The owner of the buildings wants to create their own Blue Back Square and pushing the tenants out
derp

Rochester, MI

#20 Mar 9, 2009
Go to the one in Blue Back. People shop at Whole Foods to be seen shopping at Whole Foods anyways.

Whole foods is a religion. People go to Whole Foods on Sundays to nurture their bond with mother earth. And to stock up on gluten-free turkish lemon squares and free-range acapcia coffee.

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