Take a look at how Whole Foods Market (WFM) became the brand it is today as the FTC approves its pending acquisition by Amazon.com (AMZN) . While Whole Foods has certainly had its struggles and Amazon definitely had a shopping list of options when it came to M&A, the grocer's value is apparent when weigh its storied history.

Opening its doors in 1980, Whole Foods quickly expanded out of Austin, Texas to become the "Whole Paycheck" we all know and love to talk about. How will Amazon affect its timeline? That will take longer to determine than two-day shipping. 

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Editors' pick: Originally published June 16, 2017

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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