Mike Gilliland has returned to ground zero of the organic and natural movement. The founder of Wild Oats Markets is preparing to open his first Sunflower Farmers Market in Boulder, Colo., this month, where 21 years ago he founded Wild Oats. His return as an operator to this college town, tucked up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver, comes just as Whole Foods Market is removing the last vestiges of Wild Oats from the region. Most of the 300 or so Wild Oats ...
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