Whole Foods Market, which has been opening smaller stores -- 30,000 to 35,000 square feet -- during the past few years, might again add stores of 35,000 to 45,000 square feet, says David Lannon, executive vice president of operations. "Many of those stores [of 40,000 to 45,000 square feet] opened when the economy dipped, but sales are up and they are performing well enough that we're considering opening some bigger flagship stores in certain markets," Chairman and co-CEO John Mackey said.

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