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Whole Foods Co-Founder Is Building Chain of Cafes, Wellness Centers

  • Organic pioneer to retire from Amazon-owned grocer next month
  • Healthy America startup will run spas, plant-based restaurants
John Mackey

John Mackey

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Whole Foods Market co-founder John Mackey is planning a second act when he retires from the Amazon-owned grocer next month: building a chain of plant-based restaurants and wellness centers that offer fitness and spa services.

Corporate records list Mackey, 68, as a partner in Healthy America LLC, a startup that raised about $31 million from investors earlier this year and aims to launch a “national network” of medical wellness centers and vegetarian restaurants.