"In the past 18 months, small, locally focused bars have opened inside five Whole Foods Markets in California, and two each in Arizona, Illinois and Texas, among others."

“The move comes as like-minded chains are slowly introducing beer and wine. Starbucks is testing beer and wine at a few locations in the Seattle area.

If nothing else, bars in Whole Foods would be a relatively low-cost way to make a lot of money, grocery industry analysts say. Not only will it lure more folks into the store, but it also will likely keep them there longer and boost highly profitable sales of wine and beer. In one step, says veteran supermarket consultant Howard Solganik, “It achieves everything Whole Foods is trying to achieve.”

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