Sprouts Farmers Market earlier this month opened its 150th store, a decade after the company’s founding in Phoenix, Ariz. The new store opened in Grand Junction, Colo.
“We believe that our healthy, value-based business model connects with both the lifestyle and conventional consumer, giving us the ability to reach a broad consumer base,” said Sprouts President and CEO Doug Sanders, “and that we will continue to benefit from the country’s focus on healthier eating habits.”
Over the past two years, Sprouts has completed two major acquisitions, Henry’s Farmers Markets and Sunflower Farmers Markets, and 20 store openings while still delivering on its business strategy and providing consumer education on healthier eating habits, according to a company news release.
“As the trend toward healthier eating continues to gain traction with traditional supermarket customers,” Sanders said, “we believe that Sprouts can successfully bridge the gap from conventional to natural.”
Sprouts has more than 11,000 employees and creates on average 85 jobs with each new opening. The chain operates its stores throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The company has 18 to 20 grand openings planned in 2013.