When Amazon bought the company we had predictable concerns about job losses, but were assured that there were NO PLANS for ANY changes. We were told if anything the merger meant greater job security, but less than three months later two stores had shut their doors, leaving dozens of people unemployed just before Christmas. It wasn't necessarily the best place to work anyway- lack of communication was rife and the wages were pitiful- but it was still a job and most of us got along just fine. We all felt horrendously let down by the top brass and even some of those from London who came to "help" with the closure made a lot of us feel like we were lesser beings. It just proved that this whole thing about "business as usual" under new overlords is a bunch of tripe. They may care about the environment and their third world suppliers but Wholefoods don't give a toss about their own employees.