The world’s biggest retailer of grocery and grocery-related products has been left reeling after Amazon bought Whole Foods in a $13.9 billion deal.
Whole Foods, the second-largest grocer in the US after Walmart, has faced criticism over the deal, which has also sparked accusations of Amazon’s bias and political bias.
In a statement, Amazon said it “strongly disagrees” with the company’s decision to buy Whole Foods.
“We’re not buying Whole Foods because it’s a competitor,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive.
“We’re buying WholeBooks because they’ve become a better place to do business.”
WholeBooks, founded in 2009 by former Whole Foods CEO Sam Kass, was founded as an online community of people with a common interest in book and book publishing.
It has since grown into an online store that sells over 20 million books annually and is the most popular bookseller on Amazon.
Wholesale bookselling is a key pillar of Amazon, which competes with Barnes & Noble and other retailers for consumers who want to read a wide range of books.
The deal with WholeBooks, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal, would allow Amazon to retain a substantial portion of its $15 billion-a-year book business and has been criticized by some consumers and critics for its influence over Amazon’s business model.
Whitesell has been a staunch defender of Amazon and has worked with the billionaire billionaire to push the company to expand into more products and services, including food, fitness and beauty.
Wholsell, a longtime supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has also been an outspoken critic of Trump.
Last month, she said the president was an “old white supremacist” and “dangerous” for creating an environment that made hate crimes more prevalent in the country.
The move comes at a critical time for Amazon, as it is trying to shake up the grocery market.
In the last three months, the company reported record-low sales, but has been able to boost revenue by acquiring discount retailers like Target and Dollar General.