Reached Thursday afternoon, a TMT spokesperson said the company had no comment.
Word of the closure was posted on the Vancouver board of the website Reddit on Friday afternoon, and several commenters expressed disappointment about the news.
Whole Foods has a strong presence in the Portland metro area, with four stores in Portland itself and four more in various suburban cities to the south and west, but the 815 S.E. 160th Ave. location in Vancouver is the only Whole Foods in Clark County, and the only Whole Foods east of Interstate 205 in the metro area.
The location was formerly a Wild Oats Marketplace, but was rebranded after Whole Foods bought the Wild Oats parent company in 2007. The Federal Trade Commission raised antitrust concerns about the corporate acquisition and eventually won the case on appeal, overturning federal approval for the merger.
Whole Foods reached a deal with the agency in 2009 to sell off the Wild Oats brand name and 32 of its former stores, but the Mill Plain location was among the stores that remained with Whole Foods.
The original Whole Foods Market was founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, formed by the merger of two previous independent grocery stores. The company began expanding just a few years later, and its growth was fueled by a series of acquisitions of other natural grocery store brands.
The company now operates approximately 500 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, employing roughly 95,000 people. The company is still headquartered in Austin, and was acquired by Amazon in 2017 for $13.7 billion.