Whole Foods Market

Overview and benefits


Whole Foods is a grocery store chain that only sells products that are free of hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, artificial flavors and artificial preservatives. In the United States, the store is well-known for its wide selection of organic products. Whole Food is committed to holding high standards for food and the production process that comes along with it, including sustainable agriculture. The company makes shopping in its stores fun and exciting for its customers.

The company has 500 locations in North America and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods gives back to its local communities by partnering with local schools to offer nutrition education and giving low-interest loans to local producers.


If you want to learn more about Whole Foods Market, you can visit the company’s website at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/.

Number of employees

Whole Foods has approximately 91,000 employees across all of its locations and corporate offices.

Date founded

John Mackey and Renee Lawson opened their SaferWay (a play on the name SafeWay) store in Texas in 1984, where they focused on selling vegetarian items. In 1980, they merged their store with Clarksville Natural Grocery to open the first official Whole Foods Market.

Throughout the 1980s the company expanded to other regions of the United States. The 1990s were spent acquiring many brands, including Wellspring Grocery, Bread & Circus, Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Foods Markets, Bread of Life, Fresh Fields Markets, Merchant of Vino, Nature’s Heartland and Allegro Coffee Company. 

In 2017, Amazon acquired Whole Foods and now allows Amazon Prime members to order their groceries online and pick their groceries up or have them delivered.

Company mission statement

Whole Foods’ mission statement is to “set the standards of excellence for food retailers.” The company has six core values that work together to help them set these standards:

  • Sell the highest quality natural and organic foods.

  • Satisfy and delight customers.

  • Promote team member growth and happiness.

  • Practice win-win partnerships with suppliers.

  • Create profits and prosperity.

  • Care about the community and environment.


Whole Foods is categorized under the food retail industry.

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How old do you need to be to work at Whole Foods?

You must be at least 16 years old to work in an entry-level position at Whole Foods. However, age requirements may vary depending on position and location.

Does Whole Foods require a drug test?

Depending on the position, Whole Foods may request that you take a pre-employment drug test. It also reserves the right to perform random drug testing if the company suspects that an employee is working under the influence.

How do much Whole Foods employees make?

An entry-level employee at Whole Foods makes an average of $13.50 an hour with a range of $7.25 per hour to $24.45 per hour. An assistant manager will make an average annual salary of $38,964, while a manager will make an average salary of $44,914.

What are the requirements to work at Whole Foods?

Whole Foods typically looks for applicants who are passionate about their work and still like to have fun. Candidates should be friendly and willing to work as part of a team. Some knowledge of food and nutrition can also be helpful. Applicants should also be okay with standing for long periods of time.