Wichita's Whole Foods Market may not have to be called Bread & Circus
04/10/2014 2:37 PM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — According to a poll so informal it probably shouldn't be called a poll, it looks like the Bread & Circus name that Wichita's new Whole Foods Market will go by here isn't exactly being embraced.
Or, to be blunt, no one seems to like it – or actually call the store by that name.
There's a glimmer of hope, though, for those who prefer the Whole Foods name.
The reason the Austin-based chain chose Bread & Circus, which was the name of some stores the company bought in 1992, is Wichita's local Whole Foods Association already had the name here.
GreenAcres Market owner Barb Hoffmann purchased the Whole Foods Association stores in January, and it appears she's now considering letting the larger Whole Foods chain have the name.
"I'm not able to say anything right now," Hoffman says.
She says she'll likely be able to talk in a couple of weeks.
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