John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, launches a vegetarian restaurant chain


The co-founder of US high-end grocer Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, is planning a second act when he retires from the Amazon-owned grocer next month: building a chain of plant-based restaurants and wellness centers that will include fitness and spa offer services.

Company records list Mr. Mackey, 68, as a partner in Healthy America, a start-up that raised about $31 million from investors earlier this year and aims to build a “national network” of establish medical wellness centers and vegetarian restaurants.

A now-closed job posting calls the company “an evidence-based lifestyle company spearheading the convergence of culinary, healthcare and wellness for individual well-being.” The tender calls for Healthy America to offer both a membership program and a la carte public access to its facilities.

Founded in 2020, Healthy America is based in Austin, Texas like Whole Foods and is staffed by veterans of the high-end grocer. The chief executive officer is Betsy Foster, a longtime executive who left Whole Foods in 2020. Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb when he left in 2017 is listed as a partner alongside Mr Mackey. Former executives from Whole Foods’ store development, finance and human resources departments have also joined the startup, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

Robin Kelly, a spokesman for the new company who previously worked in public relations at Whole Foods, declined to comment.

The first Health America location under the Love Life brand! is believed to be in Southern California, according to a person familiar with the plans.

A naked Love Life website is teasing a 2023 start date and asking visitors to sign up for updates. John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, launches a vegetarian restaurant chain

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