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    Wild Oats C.F.O. Quits

    BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets, Inc. said yesterday that Robert Dimond, its c.f.o., is resigning from the company effective Dec. 31, 2006, to "pursue a new opportunity."

    BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets, Inc. said yesterday that Robert Dimond, its c.f.o., is resigning from the company effective Dec. 31, 2006, to "pursue a new opportunity."

    Dimond, who joined Wild Oats as c.f.o. in January 2005, tendered his resignation on Dec. 19.

    Until a new or interim c.f.o. is installed, Gregory Mays, the company's chairman of the board and acting c.e.o., will oversee the Wild Oats Markets finance and accounting departments, the chain said. Mays has an extensive financial management background and was formerly e.v.p. and c.f.o. of Ralphs Grocery Company, the retailer said.

    "We appreciate Bob's contributions during his tenure at Wild Oats," said Mays in a statement. "He has built a strong financial management discipline, and significant expertise and depth in the accounting and finance departments of this company. This strength, coupled with my extensive financial management background, will allow for a smooth transition until a permanent chief financial officer is identified."

    Wild Oats operates 109 stores in 24 states and British Columbia. The company's natural food stores include Wild Oats Marketplace, Henry's Farmers Market, Sun Harvest, and Capers Community Markets.

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