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Whole Foods is starting to rival Urban Outfitters for the title of Mega-Chain Causing the Most Liberal Angst. Urban has its conservative Republican CEO; Whole Foods has John Mackey, the company's chairman, who recently published a Wall Street Journal op-ed criticizing Obama's health care plan. Reports City Room, "About 50 protesters picketed outside the store — at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue — on Thursday, around the start of its 14-hour grand-opening ceremony (which began at 8 a.m. and was scheduled to end at 10 p.m.)." They might not last the whole 14 hours, but the same group plans to target the Columbus Circle Whole Foods tomorrow. For its part, Whole Foods maintains that Mackey is entitled to his own opinion, and that the store itself has no official position.
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