Customers, neighbors, and staff pitched in to repair and clean up the damage.Creditors, vendors, and investors assisted in helping the store recover, and the store reopened 28 days later.

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Gooch’s Natural Foods Markets of Los Angeles, The company's 100th store was opened in Torrance, California, in 1999.

The company started its third decade with additional acquisitions.

The first was Natural Abilities in 2000, which did business as Food for Thought in Northern California.

Two years later, John Mackey partnered with Craig Weller and Mark Skiles to merge Safer Way with the latter's Clarksville Natural Grocery, resulting in the opening of the original Whole Foods Market.

At 10,500 square feet (980 m The following Memorial Day, on May 25, 1981, the most damaging flood in 70 years devastated Austin.

Whole Foods' inventory was ruined, and most of the equipment was damaged.The loss was approximately 0,000; Whole Foods Market had no insurance.It is the United States' first certified organic grocer, which means it ensures, to National Organic Program standards, organic integrity of the heterogeneous products from the time they reach stores until they are placed in a shopping cart.In 1978, Mackey and Renee Lawson borrowed ,000 from family and friends to open a small natural foods store called Safer Way in Austin, (the name being a spoof of Safeway).When the two were evicted from their apartment for storing food products in it, they decided to live at the store.Because it was zoned for commercial use, there was no shower stall, so they bathed using a water hose attached to their dishwasher.