In the vast American landscape of grocery shopping options, the decision of where to spend your money can be a challenge. From locally owned mom-and-pop grocery stores to massive national chains - each grocery store presents its own set of pros and cons. 

One store has received some press for being the most overpriced. 

Topping the list of contenders for the title of the most overpriced grocery chain is none other than Whole Foods. Due to its pricey reputation - some have called the chain "Whole Paycheck.” Whole Foods has solidified its reputation as a haven for higher price tags since it began back in 1980. 

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6 dollars for what?

Whole Foods was involved in the hilarious story of selling asparagus-infused water for an eye-watering $6.

Its former CEO also got on his soap box and blamed America's health issues on its ignorance of poor food choices. Both instances placed Whole Foods into unwanted, poor press and notoriety.

Jeff Bezos takeover

When Amazon acquired the brand in 2017 - it promised lower prices. Even when keeping its promise, Whole Foods has remained financially out of reach for many American shoppers. With the ever-increasing cost of living, the exclusivity of this grocery chain is more pronounced than ever.

How many Whole Foods locations are in Washington?

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In Washington state alone, Whole Foods boasts 11 locations. The only location outside of Puget Sound operates in Vancouver across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. 

While the allure of organic peaches and exclusive health trends may draw in crowds, the reality of Whole Foods' more expensive prices often leaves even the most health-conscious consumers questioning their choices.

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