Dueling Fools: Whole Foods

Don't panic, we're going organic. Well, this week, anyway. It's time to grab that shopping list and see whether Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI  ) rings up for you.

Some would argue that the company's pending merger with Wild Oats (Nasdaq: OATS  ) will help Whole Foods improve margins at its struggling rival. Others feel that too many traditional supermarket chains like Ruddick (NYSE: RDK  ) , Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea (NYSE: GAP  ) , and Ingles (Nasdaq: IMKTA  ) are expanding their shelf space of organic foodstuffs, eating away at the necessity to drive out to Whole Foods.

It's a Stock Advisor recommendation, so there are obviously a lot of Whole Foods believers around, but not all Fools agree. Tim Beyers accepts that Whole Foods may seem pricey, but he's still bullish on the high-end grocer. David Meier feels that the company's free cash flow growth prospects don't match the high sticker price, so he's bearish.

Duel on!


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