I was, and am, extremely saddened by the closing of Katuah [Market] and have the utmost respect and appreciation to [John] Swann for creating such a meaningful and healthy place. It is a great loss to see it go.
But I am not convinced that it’s due to people not willing to purchase locally, as Swann’s quote insinuated: “That’s all great, but if you want to support local, then really support it. That means not supporting multibillion-dollar, multinational corporations.”
Wasn’t this the same man who sold Greenlife to one of these corporations? Couldn’t he have refused to be a part of bringing in such a multibillion-dollar company?
The next article, concerning the expansion of the French Broad Food Co-op, tells a different story regarding locals supporting local businesses. They lost customers when Greenlife was locally run, and after the purchase by Whole Foods, those customers returned to the local co-op. Isn’t this the act of people putting their money where their mouth is … or where their bumper stickers are?
— Kris Kramer
Editor’s note: Swann told the Citizen-Times in March that he had been a minority partner in Greenlife and that the 2010 buyout by Whole Foods had been negotiated without his knowledge. In the October 2014 “Asheville Food Pioneers” story, Swann also told Xpress that the sale occurred without his consent.