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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 COMMISSION FILE NUMBER: 0-19797

WHOLE FOODS MARKET, INC. (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) Texas (State of incorporation) 74-1989366 (IRS Employer Identification No.)

550 Bowie Street Austin, Texas 78703 (Address of principal executive offices) Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 512-477-4455 Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act: Common Stock, no par value Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the
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Large accelerated filer þ Accelerated filer ¨ Non-accelerated filer ¨ Smaller reporting company ¨ Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No þ The aggregate market value of all common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of April 10, 2011 was $10,950,904,153. The number of shares of the registrant’s common stock, no par value, outstanding as of November 18, 2011 was 179,500,346. DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE The information required by Part III of this report, to the extent not set forth herein, is incorporated by reference from the Registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders to be held March 9, 2012. 1

Whole Foods Market, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K For the Fiscal Year Ended September 25, 2011 Table of Contents Page Number PART I Item 1. Item 1A. Item 1B. Item 2. Item 3. Item 4. Business. Risk Factors. Unresolved Staff Comments. Properties. Legal Proceedings. Removed and Reserved. PART II Item 5. Item 6. Item 7. Item 7A. Item 8. Item 9. Item 9A. Item 9B. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities. Selected Financial Data. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of

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