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Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7 billion and Twitter goes wild. Wait, what?

A shopper arrives at a Whole Foods Market, Friday, June 16, 2017, in San Antonio. Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion.
A shopper arrives at a Whole Foods Market, Friday, June 16, 2017, in San Antonio. Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion. AP

Amazon continued its retail takeover on Friday after it bought high-end grocery store chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.

Amazon already offers grocery-delivery services in five markets. The acquisition of Whole Foods would give it the opportunity to expand into several others, according to the Associated Press. The deal is expected to close later this year.

Whole Foods will continue operating its stores under its name.

“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a press release. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

After the deal was announced, Twitter users had a field day:

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