by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor
Sprouts Farmers Market will host a grand opening on Wednesday, April 22 in the Village at Burlington Creek near I-29 and 64th Street in southern Platte County.
On the morning of the grand opening, the first 200 customers in line will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase.
But the offers don't end there. Every 15th customer in line will receive a coupon packet with special offers. All customers who shop the day of the grand opening will receive a free reusable bag and can take advantage of a number of dollar deals, which will be offered throughout the week.
The unique grocery store experience that consumers will encounter at Sprouts is said to mirror that of an old-fashioned indoor farmers market. Fresh produce, dairy, meat and seafood are displayed in a luminously lit 27,000 square foot store.
Consumers will find barrels loaded with 300 bulk food items strategically arranged inside the store. Wholesome gains, nuts, and sweets are among the items sold in bins.
“Consumers can buy as much as they want or as little as they need,” said Janet Little, director of nutrition at Sprouts Farmers Market.
Consumers will find products sold throughout the store that have either been grown or produced locally. Little said buyers work hand-in-hand with local growers to offer a variety of local foods, especially seasonal crops.
For those looking for a quick meal on the go, Sprouts serves several grab'n 'go meals, including sushi and rotisserie chicken. Little says deli sandwiches are “one of the best value items for your buck.”
Little said Sprouts Farmers Market encourages community members to practice healthier eating habits.
“Sprouts puts a lot of emphasis on educating our consumers,” said Little. “At 10 a.m. on May 2, Sprouts will offer an in-store lecture about burning the belly fat and toning the belly.” The event is hosted by a homeopathic doctor.
An array of fresh organic and gluten-free products can also be found at the fastest-growing retailer sweeping a 12-state area. Today, there are 200 stores, with the largest concentration located in the southwest region of the country.
Recently, Sprouts opened a store in Liberty, just off Highway 152.
Sprouts Farmers Market, located at 6061 NW 64th Street, is expected to employ a team of 100 people. Daily hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sprouts opened its first store 13 years ago in Chandler, Arizona. They employ 18,000 people nationwide. Currently, Sprouts has three warehouse distribution centers. They are located in Glendale, AZ., Grand Prairie, TX, and Colton, CA.
In April of 2011, Sprouts merged with Henry's Farmers Market and Sun Harvest Farms. Just one year later, Sprouts merged with Sunflower Farmers Markets.
Sprouts' tagline states, “It is healthy living for less.”