(April 30) ROSWELL, Ga. — Whole Foods Market, the Austin, Texas-based organic foods retailer that operates 130 stores in the U.S. with annual sales of $2.3 billion, plans to open a produce procurement office in Roswell in late April.

The Roswell office will be an extension of the chain’s West Coast procurement center in Watsonville, Calif., according to a news release. The company’s national vendor list, however, will be expanded to include more East Coast, European and other import vendors.

Edmund La Macchia, national produce coordinator for Whole Foods Market, said the Roswell office will help the firm continue consolidating its purchasing program.

“The continued aggressive growth of the company, paired with the varieties of produce grown in the eastern United States, presents an incredible opportunity for an East Coast office to continue bringing the freshest and highest quality product to our customers,” he said in a news release.

National vendors now will route all orders through the two offices rather than conducting business through what Whole Foods Market called regional operatives. All billing, meanwhile, will be processed through Watsonville.

Officers at Whole Foods Market did not return phone calls.

David Doctorow will serve as retail and procurement coordinator in Roswell, while William Clore will serve as transportation coordinator.

Amrish Patel will be the national commodity buyer specializing in tropical perishables, asparagus, corn, greens, onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, summer vegetables and specialty items.

Craig Bishop will be the buyer for East Coast apples, avocados, citrus fruits, figs, kiwis, melons, nuts and dried fruits, persimmons, pomegranates and East Coast stone fruits.