Whole Foods customers who are Amazon Prime members, meanwhile, could get discounts on certain products.
"I don't like the thought of my fresh groceries sitting on my doorstep while I'm at work", Anderson said.
But if Amazon can be the one-stop shop for everything groceries had been one of the key missing elements customers would have even less of a need to go to Walmart or elsewhere.
-Amazon. Investors like the deal and think it will be good for the online retail giant, which has been expanding its grocery offerings. "That means we can rely upon Whole Foods' consistently high quality meat and produce, and can rely upon prompt delivery from the store as a distribution point".
With Whole Foods, Amazon is getting 456 brick-and-mortar stores in North America and Britain. Walmart, which has the largest share of the US food market, has been working on lowering prices, while Target has been struggling to turn around its grocery business.
At least one local shopper at the Andover Whole Foods store had a much different perspective on the deal.
"In Jackson, Mississippi, 59-year-old Deborah Sullivan says she does order some items online, but when it comes to clothes and food, she prefers to touch and feel the items". The employees remaining would help improve the shopping experience, the person said. "We'd like to see what we're buying", he said.
Hardy said the grocery industry has typically changed in slow, "evolutionary" ways.
■Target: The retailer fell $2.85, or 5.1 percent, to $52.61. Customers are assigned a personal shopper who scours the aisles, purchases and delivers items from retailers like Whole Foods. "They're greedy bastards, and they're putting a bunch of propaganda out there, trying to destroy my reputation and the reputation of Whole Foods, because it's in their self-interest to do so". Whole Foods shares were trading just above that level on Friday, as investors saw negligible regulatory risk to the deal closing. However, the merchandising will emerge more slowly as a system is developed, Hauptman said. But Mahaney said the acquisition doesn't suggest that Whole Foods was in an especially weak state.
SAM BERNSTEIN: I don't know.
Roger Davidson, who oversaw Wal-Mart's global food procurement and now is president of Oakton Advisory Group, said the deal will reduce Wal-Mart's brick-and-mortar advantage.
These online retailers are taking on a number of major firms dominating the supermarket scene for so long, including Walmart supercenters, Safeway, and Publix. "They want prepared foods, they want ready-to-eat foods, something I can heat and eat", Johnson said.
Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to lift Champions Trophy
Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India by 180 runs to win the worldwide cricket tournament at The Oval in London , U.K. on Sunday. So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over , huge cheers erupted around the arena.
London protests held as anger mounts over Grenfell fire
The building is located in one of the richest sections of London , however, it's home to some of the poorest people of London . They are furious that people still are missing and that the local government hasn't done enough to help them in the aftermath.
Koepka in control and with a 1-shot lead at US Open
After three days of low scoring, the field faced a stiffer challenge on Sunday as gusts made birdies much harder to come by. After kicking off in 65-73-68, the California native began in solo 5th, two shy of 54-hole leader Brian Harman .
Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie
Chile is ranked fourth, but lacks the same tradition as Portugal and Mexico and has struggled in South American qualifying. A moment of controversy came when Pepe's goal was ruled out in the 21st minute after there were appeals Nani was offside .
Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup
Portugal: Patrício 6, Cédric 7, Fonte 5, Pepe 7, Guerreiro 6, William 6, Moutinho 6, André Gomes 6, Quaresma 7, Nani 6, Ronaldo 7. Hector Moreno headed in off the post from a corner to give Mexico an injury time equalizer, ensuring a share of the points.
Trump to announce new Cuba policy on Friday
Airbnb recently reported that in just over two years, Cubans have earned almost $40 million by hosting tourists in their homes. The trips were made easier by the resumption of scheduled commercial air service from the USA for the first time in decades.