Seattle: E-commerce giant Amazon.com announced this week that they are to acquire Texas-based retail grocery store chain $42 per share. According to the deal worth $13.7 billion ( 10.7 billion), the retail grocery store chain is to keep the Whole Foods Market brand name and will reportedly remain its CEO.at
After the announcement, Amazon’s shares went up more than two percent and Whole Foods Market shares went up by about 28%. Shares of other grocery-selling chains like, , and experienced a dip after the announcement.
Amazon runs their own online grocery — Seattle, Washington. Amazon’s CEO said, “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy.”— which started a decade ago in
Whole Foods Market CEO Mackey said, “This partnership presents an opportunity to maximise value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers.”
The acquisition, which has not yet received approval from the shareholders of Whole Foods Market, adds a 27% premium to Thursday’s closing value of its stock. This would be Amazon’s largest acquisition if the deal is done.