Change Lovers Not Happy With the Change Whole Foods Brings

Large crowds turn out to welcome and protest the new San Francisco Whole Foods

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009  |  Updated 2:01 PM PDT
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Not So Healthy Foods At Your Supermarket

Change lovers are not happy about the lack of love for change at Whole Foods.

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The long-awaited Whole Foods Market in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood is finally opening today but not without some protest.

The store replaces a former Bell Market but some change lovers are not so excited about this change.

The organic grocer came under fire after company CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed opposing President Barack Obama's campaign to change the health care system.

Since Mackey's views were published by the Wall Street Journal, Bay Area-based organizers have arranged boycotts across California, including a flash mob dance rendition called "Hey Mackey" at the Whole Foods store in Oakland, Calif. 

Despite the protest, Whole Foods officials and San Francisco Supervisor and mayoral hopeful Bevan Dufty attended a "bread-breaking" ceremony.
      
A Facebook group created by disgruntled Whole Foods' shoppers said they planned to protest the opening until 1 p.m. But the Twittersphere, which was working overtime with comments following the flash mob dance, was quiet Wednesday, with most tweets saying there was a large but quiet crowd. 

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