Whole Foods Market sees the potential to more than triple its number of US stores, co-chief executive Walter Robb has said. Robb feels Whole Foods can grow its domestic store base from about 300 currently to 1,000 in the longer term.

In Canada, the retailer is also looking to ramp up expansion with the longer-term goal of growing from the current six stores to 35. Robb said that the company also plans to open five wellness clubs in different cities around the US. Members will pay a $50 (£31.38) monthly fee and be entitled to store discounts and access to supper clubs. Robb said that the investment in wellness club test was less than $5m (£3.1m).