Phoenix, Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. has announced Nicholas Konat as president and COO of the company, effective March 21. He has most recently served as chief merchandising officer at Petco Health and Wellness Co. Inc.
Konat will report to Jack Sinclair, CEO of Sprouts.
“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Nick to the Sprouts executive leadership team,” said Sinclair. “Nick’s deep-rooted merchandising and product innovation experience with preeminent retail brands will help to propel our company forward as we continue to execute on our strategic plan.”
Konat joined Petco in 2015 and prior to his appointment as chief merchandising officer in 2018, served as VP of private brands and merchandising and SVP – general manager. Prior to joining Petco, he served as director of food merchandise planning at Target Corp., capping a more than nine-year career at Target where he held a range of merchandising, planning and leadership roles across the food and fashion categories.
Konat also spent six years with Accenture, a multinational professional services company. He has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and government from St. John’s University.
“I am honored to join Sprouts and look forward to working with the team as we continue to profitably grow by fulfilling our mission of providing healthy living options for less to more people,” said Konat. “Sprouts pioneered making healthy food affordable 20 years ago, and I hope to build on this foundation by serving our customers, making lasting positive changes to the company and improving access to fresh, natural and organic foods as we expand across the country.”
Sprouts offers a unique grocery experience featuring an open layout with fresh produce at the heart of the store. Sprouts inspires wellness with a curated assortment of better-for-you products. The grocer continues to offer products made with lifestyle-friendly ingredients such as organic, plant-based and gluten-free.
Sprouts has approximately 35,000 employees and operates more than 370 stores in 23 states nationwide.
To learn more, visit about.sprouts.com.