InvenTrust chief Tom McGuinness doesn’t see the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods as a disruptor. Rather, it’s part of the evolution of retail, and a win for the grocery business.

CHICAGO—Not every expansion of online retail means disruption to brick-and-mortar. Not according to Tom McGuinness, president and CEO of InvenTrust Properties Corp., headquartered in nearby Downers Grove. Yes, while web-based retail is redefining how people shop, forward-thinking retailers in the grocery space are responding and evolving their platforms to suit.