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November 15, 2012
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New health-food store sprouting in Grand Junction!

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Sprouts Farmers Market will finally open its doors 7 a.m. Jan. 16. And with the new store, up to 85 jobs will be added locally.

Many of those positions will be filled by Grand Valley residents, Sprouts CEO Doug Sanders said, and interested applicants should fill out an application on the Sprouts website (www.sprouts.com).

Sprouts Farmers Market opened its first store in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2002. Now, Sprouts operates nearly 150 stores throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

The market's mission is to "provide healthy foods at value prices," Sanders said, and selling high quality, "farm-fresh" produce for less is a huge part of its core business. Organic options are provided, too.

The Sprouts produce section in the new Grand Junction store will be "large and expansive," the CEO added, with 20 percent of the store's floor being devoted to it. "We will try to source local as much as we can."

Prepared foods will be available in the deli for purchase - it's "heat and eat," Sprouts spokeswoman Kim Rockley said.

Plus, a variety of "natural and organic" products - from vitamins and supplements to meat, grains and a bakery - will also be available for purchase.

There will additionally be a large bulk-foods department, Sanders noted.

Sanders said Sprouts acquired the Grand Junction location when it purchased Sunflower Farmers Market (another health food grocery chain) earlier this year. The Sprouts location in GJ was originally meant to be a Sunflower market.

"Over the last six months, we've been working to integrate and re-brand all Sunflower stores to the Sprouts banner," he said. "We're moving forward with the four remaining (Sprouts) stores to open in 2013. Grand Junction is one of those. It looks like a great site. I think it's a beautiful area."


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