AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here will be stepping up development of its wine departments as a result of its recent acquisition of the Merchant of Vino chain of stores, SN has learned. Whole Foods completed its acquisition of Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Merchant of Vino, a six-unit natural-food and gourmet specialty operator, Dec. 29. The deal marks Whole Foods' entry into the Detroit market. John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, called Merchant ...

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