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Sprouts Farmers Market Plans New Stores In Florida

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Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding its Florida footprint with new stores in Orlando, Naples and the Tampa area. The grocer will open its first Orlando-area store in Winter Park near the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Lakemont Avenue, and its first store in Naples near the intersection of Immokalee Road and Logan Boulevard. Additional details including opening dates for these sites will be announced at a later date, the company says.

Last week, Sprouts announced plans to open its fourth Tampa-area store in Valrico during the first quarter of 2018. The Valrico store will be located at 3309 Lithia Pinecrest Road. Sprouts opened three stores in Tampa and one in Sarasota in 2017.

“We knew residents’ interest in health and value would make Sprouts a natural fit for Floridians,” said Ted Frumkin, chief development officer. “We’re ramping up expansion efforts based on the strong performance of our Tampa and Sarasota stores, and positive customer response to the affordable fresh and natural products across the entire store.”

Sprouts’ expansion in the southeast is anchored by a distribution center that opened in Atlanta last year.

Sprouts, which opened 15 years ago, is best known for its fresh, natural and organic products. The company says it is dedicated to growing responsibly and has committed to a “Zero Waste” threshold by 2020, as defined by the EPA. The Sprouts Food Rescue program donates unsold and edible groceries, including fresh produce, from its stores and distribution centers to food banks in all of its markets. Since February, Sprouts stores in Florida have donated more than 130,000 pounds of food to Feeding Tampa Bay and All Faiths Food Bank. Food that is not fit for human consumption is either composted or sent to cattle ranches through Sprouts’ Food Waste to Farms program.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 27,000 team members and operates more than 280 stores in 15 states from coast to coast.

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