Sunflower grows in Whole Foods shadow
DENVER While the industry focuses on the Whole Foods/Wild Oats merger, another retailer is looking to build its presence in the organic food market. Sunflower Farmers Market, which was started by Wild Oats’s founder Mike Gilliland, as an alternative to Whole Foods is opening two new stores in Colorado.
According to the company’s Web site, new locations will open on July 11 in Denver and Highlands Ranch. Sunflower currently operates nine stores throughout the Southwest, including Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Phoenix.
Although the chain is significantly smaller than Whole Foods, Sunflower has positioned itself as a competitor by offering the same type of products for lower prices, operating under the motto, “better-than-supermarket quality at better-than-supermarket prices.”
Earlier this year, Whole Foods announced its intention to acquire Wild Oats. Since then, the two companies have been involved in an ongoing battle with the Federal Trade Commission, which has claimed that the merger would be in violation of antitrust laws.
Dell looks to Asia for growth
SINGAPORE Dell Inc., which recently strayed from its long-time direct-to-consumer model by partnering with Wal-Mart to sell its PCs at the company’s U.S. stores, is said to be looking to sell its products through Asian retailers.
According to reports, the company is looking to overtake top PC maker Hewlett-Packard and could better do so by expanding its presence in Asia.
On May 24, Wal-Mart Stores and Dell announced a partnership to sell Dell Computer desktops in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, beginning June 10. This agreement makes Wal-Mart the exclusive retailer of the Dell Dimension Multimedia Desktop Computer. According to Wal-Mart, a second exclusive model will be available, also in June. Both models will be offered in a package bundle under $700, Wal-Mart announced.