How long did it take Amazon and Whole Foods to go from meeting to marriage? Six weeks.
Speaking to Whole Foods employees in a town hall meeting after the company's stunning deal to be acquired by Amazon was announced, Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey described his meeting with Amazon as a “blind date” set up by “mutual friends.”
“I flew up to Seattle a little over six weeks ago,” Mackey said, according to a transcript filed with the SEC. “We just fell in love. It was truly love at first sight.”
The 2 ½ hour conversation from that blind date was followed by a “whirlwind courtship” that lasted a little over six weeks, Mackey said.
“We’re officially engaged,” Mackey said. “This is not a Tinder relationship.”
Mackey, who had been under pressure from activist investors seeking a turnaround of the company that’s struggling to reverse seven straight quarters of comparable sales declines, wasn’t short of his praises for the company’s acquirer to be.