Two Colorado Whole Foods stores among those closing this year

DENVER – Whole Foods stores in Boulder and Colorado Springs are among nine locations slated to be closed later this year, the company announced Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Whole Foods confirmed the locations on Baseline Road in Boulder and New Center Point in Colorado Springs will both close during the second quarter of 2017.

The other stores scheduled to close this year are located in California, Illinois, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

The closing announcement follows the company’s quarterly earnings report, which showed an increase in overall sales but a 2.4 percent decrease in same-store sales. The company says it is adjusting its growth goals going forward as a result of the lower-than-expected sales.

“As we work to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success, we have carefully evaluated our portfolio of stores to align with a more thoughtful growth strategy,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “This was not a decision that was made lightly and we are working closely with all affected team members to find alternative positions at nearby stores where possible.”

Whole Foods currently operates 469 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and employs about 87,000 people.

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