Nikki Silverstein’s “Heroes & Zeroes” (July 4) on Whole Foods’ new approach to small and local vendors prompts me to put in an enthusiastic word for our own locally owned store: Mill Valley Market. The market carries a lot of local products, and the Canepa brothers are always interested in learning about others. Buy local!
OK, call me a curmudgeon, but Whole Foods never was a good store. They bought up Jerry’s Meats’ little quonset hut on Miller and messed up the entire traffic pattern and drove five locally owned natural food stores out of business. Then after a few months, they literally doubled their prices and took the profits back to Texas. I have my own permanent lifetime boycott of Whole Foods. I’ll never shop there, so those who do, deserve what they get. Call me a zero if you wish, but it won’t hurt a bit.
By the way, I miss Long’s Drugs, too—another California chain gobbled up by corporate greed. CVS is not as good. Safeway looks better and better.