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Whole Foods calls it quits, closing Friday

Everything in store selling for half price

Photo by Max Efrein.

A contractor checks the sign he just put in place at the west-facing entrance of Whole Foods Market, 1112 Iron Springs Road, in Prescott on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The grocery store announced to its customers Wednesday morning that it will be closing Friday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. As of Wednesday afternoon, everything in the store was being sold at a discount of 50 percent.

Kasey Vaughan was shopping the store midday Wednesday and said she waited in line for about an hour-and-a-half to make a purchase.

“It’s crazy in there,” Vaughan said.

Whole Foods took over the building from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace in late 2014.

Betsy Harden of Whole Foods Market corporate communications, told the Courier on Thursday, "As we work to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we have carefully evaluated our portfolio of stores to align with a more thoughtful growth strategy. As a result, we have decided to close the Prescott store.

"This was not a decision that was made lightly and we are working closely with all affected team members to find alternative positions at other stores where possible.”