Amazon Set To Buy Whole Foods For Almost $14 Billion

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Amazon Purchase Of Whole Foods Could Have Huge Effects On Grocery Industry

Jeff Bezos and Amazon announced today they intend to purchase Whole Foods for $42 per share, or roughly $13.7 billion. The announcement sent share prices of Whole Foods stock upwards while sending the prices of other companies in the industry downhill.

Shares of Whole Foods Market inc, the parent company of Whole Foods, closed at $33.06 on Thursday June 15. Those same shares were sitting at $43.06 and 2:30 PM EDT on Friday, June 16, an increase of about 30%. Amazon’s $42 per share offer represents a 27 percent premium to Thursday’s closing cost.

Amazon announced on June 16, 2017 that it would buy Whole Foods Markets for an estimated $13.7 billion.
Amazon announced on June 16, 2017 that it would buy Whole Foods Markets for an estimated $13.7 billion.

The announcement brought uncertainty to other grocery retailers as well as the makers of products that line the shelves in those stores. Walmart reportedly lost $15 billion in market value Friday morning as its stock dropped 6%. Target (10%) and Kroger (14%) were among the other grocers whose stock took a hit Friday morning.

Investor fears that Amazon will force suppliers to drop prices, like it has done in many other industries, led to the food companies losing market value as well.

Hershey closed at $114.89 on Thursday. By Friday at midday, the stock was had sunk to $110.91 before rebounding slightly.

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods will easily be its biggest purchase in the history of the company.  In 2014, the online shopping giant bought video game streaming service Twitch for $970 million, its largest acquisition to date. Amazon’s purchase of Zappos was thought to have been valued at $940 million, although some outlets have reported a value up to $1.3 billion.

No matter which number you believe, this Whole Foods deal is massive.

Amazon has famously been working to get into the grocery market for the last decade. But as The Verge points out, this deal has implications that extand far beyong groceries.

“Groceries are the last hurdle in Amazon’s quest to sell you everything”

By buying Whole Foods, Amazon can use its hundreds of stores for things like distribution centers, storage lockers and more.  USA TODAY used their imagination to come up with a whole list of ways Whole Foods could change under Amazon.

Whole Foods currently operates three stores in the St. Louis area, including its Central West End location at the corner for North Euclid Avenue and West Pine Boulevard. That building was developed by Mills Properties and features The Orion luxury apartments on the upper floors.

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Ryan

Ryan is a weird dude. He doesn't cook, yet owns a plethora of kitchen gadgets. He rationalized buying a SodaStream while unemployed. He counts Step Up 2: The Streets as one of his favorite movies along with Footloose, Rent, Grease and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He loves Mizzou but only wants them in the SEC so he can tailgate in Nashville. He owns a ShakeWeight and AbLounger, but still loves him some John Donut and Billie's Fine Foods. You can get more of Ryan at iLoveSoulard.com or just check the stool on the far end of the bar at iTap in Soulard.

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