Whole Foods "to open in Fulham"

Whole Foods Market is to open in Fulham, according to reports in The Grocer, This is Money and the London Evening Standard.

The organic retailer reported a 12% increase in total second-quarter sales to $2.4bn, with like-for-like sales up 7.8%.

Co-founder and joint chief executive John Mackey said the results were “the strongest overall results we have reported in the past five years”.

The US-based company also announced that its Kensington store had moved into the profit for the first time. Its UK regional president, Jeff Turnas, told This is Money: “We have crossed this hurdle and established ourselves as not going away.” Turnas indicated that Whole Foods had signed a lease for a store in Fulham, London, as well as for Richmond and Glasgow.

“Opening in Fulham means that Whole Foods really is committed to retailing in the UK,” said Simon Wright from OF+ Consulting.

“I hope they will utilise the lessons learnt from running Kensington to come up with a format more attuned to the needs of UK consumers.”