CHICAGO -- The natural-food competition in the Chicagoland marketplace is hot, and fresh meals are fanning the flames. Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Community Markets fired up the heat by planting one unit in the market and putting more on the drawing board, challenging Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, which operates five stores in the Chicago area. The vollies back and forth are emphatic. Wild Oats Community Market's initial entry into the area was in north suburban Buffalo Grove. ...
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