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Can anything save Whole Foods?

Can it get any worse for Whole Foods?

Whole Foods is not known for its bargain prices. But its stock is currently having a nearly half-off sale. That's not a good thing.

The organic grocer is one of the worst performers in the market this year. Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) have plunged nearly 40%.

The company is at a crossroads. Whole Foods has disappointed investors with sluggish sales growth.

Competition from the likes of Kroger (KR), Walmart (WMT) and Costco (COST) has been brutal. They have all expanded their organic and natural offerings -- products that are typically much cheaper than what you get at Whole Foods.

The King of Kale (Sultan of Spelt? Titan of Tempeh?) also announced in late September that it was laying off 1,500 employees.

Making matters worse, Whole Foods has had to clean up after a price-fixing scandal.

New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs said in June that Whole Foods was "systematically overcharging" for some pre-weighted items in its Big Apple stores.

Whole Foods subsequently apologized for the...