A food retailing industry in flux should help Whole Foods Market buy its way toward its goal of 1,200 U.S. stores, officials said — and it won’t necessarily be constrained by store sizes and market densities. “We’ve never been conventional with respect to real estate. We’re an opportunistic company,” Walter Robb, co-CEO of the Austin, Texas-based retailer, said during an investor event last month. “We don’t have to open a certain number of ...

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