Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb said on Thursday that he attributes the slowdown in comparable sales growth to the company's own self-inflicted cannibalization.
Whole Foods has been opening several stores in Florida and Chicago, with an opening every six weeks in the latter, said Robb during CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." In his opinion, the company is heading where growth is and the opening of stores explains the hit to comparable sales, which will eventually pick up.
"You disrupt yourself or others disrupt you," said Robb.
Whole Foods stock price was down 12 percent to about $41.73 on Thursday morning after the second-quarter earnings release revealed a decrease in the number of comparable store sales growth but rallied some by midday.
Comparable store sales growth was 3.6 percent in the second quarter, compared to 4.5 percent in the previous quarter.
Robb said that the comparable sales metrics was not the only number that mattered.
"You look within the numbers you see 10 percent growth, you see 11 percent square footage growth, you see $1,000 of square foot on sales and you see 40 new stores coming this year with a lot of momentum there," Robb said.