Whole Foods To Unload 35 Wild Oats Stores

Whole Foods Market, the largest American natural-foods grocer, agreed yesterday to sell 35 of Wild Oats Markets' stores to the private equity firm Apollo Management.

The sale of the stores, Henry's Farmers Market and Sun Harvest, will occur only if Whole Foods' proposed acquisition of Wild Oats, which federal regulators are trying to block, goes through. The Sun Harvest and Henry's stores, in California and Texas, do not fit into its strategy, Whole Foods said. It agreed in February to buy Wild Oats for $565 million.

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