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Furious Whole Foods Shoppers Report Empty Shelves at Stores Across the U.S.

Shoppers at Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. have been astonished to discover empty shelves at their local stores in recent months, with one customer describing the stores as "the Soviet Safeway." Barclay analysts found stores in disarray with "entirely empty" shelves and deteriorating produce, Business Insider reported.

"Analysts said they encountered 'high' out-of-stock issues last week in every department of one Midwest store across both private-label items and branded items," according to the report. One East Coast store had "extraordinary" inventory problems, according to the analyst.

"The store had no bananas and the supply of eggs and Tropicana products was very low," the analyst reported. "Entire displays, refrigerated cases, and end caps were completely empty. The prepared foods hot bar was entirely empty."

This follows a December story that found dozens of shoppers reporting "bruised, discolored, tasteless, and rotten produce in Whole Foods stores from California to New York over the past couple of months."

"I purchased apples that tasted like water, an orange that was yellow and tough on the inside, and a bruised lemon," Susie Ippolito said at the time about a store in Manhattan's Upper East Side. "That was the last time I went to Whole Foods. If you can't sell me a decent apple in the height of apple season, I've lost all faith in your store."