That lit-from-within look might not be out of reach for much longer: Whole Foods co-founder, author and occasional gaffe-maker John Mackey tells USA Todaythat his company plans to open a Whole Foods resort in three years.
"Think of it as a center where people would go for a day, a weekend or a week for healthy lifestyle education," Mackey says.
The move to build a resort is part of the company’s overall expansion plans.
The move to build a resort in the downtown Austin area is part of the company’s overall expansion plans, as the turning of the economy has boosted its bottom line and stock value. The wellness market, it would appear, is making a strong comeback.
Mackey says Whole Foods is testing the waters of the local real estate market and is shopping for the right hotel chain to operate the future resort. If all goes well with this pilot program, more resorts could follow in other locations.
Although the resort’s opening is three years away, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the company — Austin was just ranked by Gallup’s Healthways Well-Being Index as having the best overall health in the state.