Whole Foods job cuts in dis­tri­bu­tion switch

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESSBRIEFING -

Whole Foods Mar­ket Inc. said it will cut 59 jobs at its Austin dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter.

Start­ing in Septem­ber, Whole Foods’ cen­ter in East Austin will dis­trib­ute only per­ish­able items. Dis­tri­bu­tion of non­per­ish­ables will be taken over by United Nat­u­ral Foods Inc., which is open­ing a dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in Dal­las.

El­i­gi­ble Whole Foods em­ploy­ees can ap­ply for other jobs with the Austin-based gro­cer, and some will be of­fered jobs with United Nat­u­ral Foods, with in­cen­tives if they trans­fer to Dal­las, a Whole Foods rep­re­sen­ta­tive said. Whole Foods has 1,817 em­ploy­ees in Austin.

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