21.10.03

21.10.2003: Meldung: New Vice President of Produce for the Wild Oats stores

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. , a leading national natural and organic foods retailer, today announced Donald R. Harris II has been named Vice President of Produce for the Company""s Wild Oats stores.

Mr. Harris replaces Doug Ranno, who left the Company in July, and will be responsible for produce sourcing, pricing and merchandising for all Wild Oats stores. Mr. Harris brings more than 30 years of food retail industry produce and floral experience to Wild Oats. He has served in buying, clerking, operational, merchandising and marketing capacities with Safeway, Inc. where he was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing for Canada. He also served as Director of Marketing and Merchandising and, prior to that, as Director of Marketing for the company. Mr. Harris earned his B.S. degree in business marketing from the University of Idaho.

"With his extensive marketing and merchandising experience in the food retail industry, we believe that Don has the perfect background and skills to support our produce department as we continue our aggressive growth pattern," said Steve Kaczynski, Senior Vice President of Wild Oats Markets, Inc. "As a primary gateway to our stores, our produce departments are a key driver of our business and Don""s extensive experience will allow us to further strengthen our produce offering," he added.

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic food markets in the U.S. and Canada. With annual sales of nearly $920 million, the company currently operates 101 stores in 25 states and British Columbia. The Company""s natural food stores include Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Henry""s Marketplace, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets. For more information, please visit the Company""s website at http://www.wildoats.com/ .
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