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Amazon-Whole Foods deal: whirlwind ‘blind date,’ then ‘love at first sight’

Whole Foods top brass were swept off their feet at a meeting with Amazon a month and a half ago, according to John Mackey, the Austin grocer’s CEO, who said he had an otherworldly premonition of the deal more than a year ago.

The $13.7 billion deal that is expected to bring Whole Foods Market into Amazon.com’s fold was the result of a ”whirlwind,” torrid courtship that swept the Austin grocer’s top brass off their feet. But it also included some otherworldly premonition.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, said the romancing began about a month and a half ago, when he and three other executives flew to Seattle to meet with Amazon. “It was actually mutual friends set us up on a blind date,” Mackey told Whole Foods staffers in a town hall meeting last Friday, the day the deal was announced.

“It was truly love at first sight,” he said. “We talked for two…

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