Amazon announced that six of its 530 Whole Foods grocery stores nationwide will be closing this year.
The affected stores include those in Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama; Tarzana, California; the Englewood and DePaul neighborhoods of Chicago; and Brookline, Massachusetts.
"As we continue to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we regularly evaluate the performance and growth potential of each of our stores, and we have made the difficult decision to close six stores," a spokesperson for Whole Foods said in a statement. "We are supporting impacted Team Members through this transition and expect that all interested, eligible Team Members will find positions at our other locations."
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It is unknown how many employees will be affected.
"Amazon's decision to close stores in Englewood and Lincoln Park as part of a nationwide closure of stores is obviously disappointing," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement Monday. "My immediate worry is for the workers in both locations."
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In 2017, Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.