Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when three local businessmen decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. Our founders were John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States. We have grown by leaps and bounds since our first store opened.
Whole Foods Market® is now the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with 187 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. To date Whole Foods Market remains uniquely mission driven: We're highly selective about what we sell, dedicated to stringent Quality Standards, and committed to sustainable agriculture.
Do you have a passion for healthy food and healthy living? Want to love your job but also need a life?
Come work with us at Whole Foods Market, Inc., the largest natural and organic foods supermarket retailer. Work with great people in a team environment as you learn about natural and organic products from the experts. Our philosophy is to satisfy and delight our customers — and to support team member excellence and happiness.
We also encourage you to have a life! We offer great benefits and working conditions. That's why we've been named as one of FORTUNE magazine's top 100 companies to work for in America.
Everything we do at our stores is based on the fundamental importance of empowering our people and helping them to learn, grow, and flourish as part of the Team while fulfilling their essential role: to take good care of the customers.
We support Team Member happiness and excellence. Our success is dependent upon their collective energy and intelligence. We design and promote work environments where Team Members can flourish and reach their highest potential, and we encourage their participation and involvement at all levels of our business
We carry natural and organic products because we believe that food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, and preservatives — is the best tasting and most nutritious food available.
Our business is to sell the highest quality foods we can find at the most competitive prices possible. We evaluate quality in terms of nutrition, freshness, appearance, and taste. Our search for quality is a never-ending process involving the careful judgment of buyers throughout the company.
We carefully evaluate each and every product we sell.
We feature foods that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats.
We are passionate about great tasting food and the pleasure of sharing it with others.
We are committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and safe to eat.
We seek out and promote organically grown foods.
We provide food and nutritional products that support health and well-being.