Amazon on Friday announced that it has inked a deal to acquire Whole Foods Market for close to $14 billion in cash. The agreement includes assumption of Whole Foods’ net debt. Whole Foods will run as a wholly independent subsidiary of Amazon. It will continue to operate stores under its own brand and source products from vendors and partners. Cofounder John Mackey will continue in his role as Whole Foods’ CEO, and the company’s headquarters will remain in Austin, Texas. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.
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