Photos: Tim Ehhalt for the Appeal

Though Bay City News reported that “A Facebook group apparently created by critics of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey plans to protest the opening” of the Noe Valley Whole Foods this morning, as Andy Wright reported, there’s been no“ruckus” raising going down, at least not at our publication time. Perhaps the other shoe will drop at a later date? Let us know if you hear anything!

You really should read Andy’s report, it’s pretty comprehensive and definitely captures everything we saw. The Whole Foods people introduced themselves, made great pains to establish that they’d be carrying a lot of products from local providers (Mission Minis! YES!), and at the last second, Supervisor Bevan Dufty swanned in, said he wouldn’t hold up the proceedings, and that he’d sent a letter to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey “reflecting our concerns” regarding his expressed attitudes toward health care. Then, the doors opened and in flooded the masses.

Aslo spotted: District 8 Supe candidate Scott Wiener, who was there on time (a vote for Wiener is a vote for punctuality!), but who beat a quick retreat after the opening ceremony. What, no Mission Mini’s for you, Scott? Maybe later.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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