The Dayton-area shopping landscape will see increased competition and higher retail lease rates with the arrival of the region’s first Costco Wholesale and Whole Foods Market stores, but a grocery price war appears unlikely, a local expert said.
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Whole Foods Market Inc.
• Headquarters: Austin, Texas
• Operates 355 stores in 40 U.S. states, including seven in Ohio, plus the U.K. and Canada.
• Net sales of about $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.
• 53,100 full-time employees
Costco Wholesale Corp.
• Headquarters: Issaquah, Wash.
• Operates 638 warehouses, including 454 in the United States and Puerto Rico, with five stores in Ohio.
• Net sales of $102.9 billion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 1.
• 103,500 full-time employees.