Another grocery store will be moving into the crowded natural foods marketplace come August.
Sprouts Farmer’s Market, a Phoenix corporation, has announced that it plans to open in Valencia, taking over the old Mervyn’s retail space on Magic Mountain Parkway.
Dana Lambert, Media Manager for Sprouts, confirmed that August is the target opening date for the store, which will become the 11th outlet in Los Angeles and one of 15 new stores planned to open in 2010.
Founded in Arizona in 2002, Sprouts Farmer’s Market currently have 42 stores in four states: Arizona, California, Texas and Colorado. They feature fresh produce, all-natural meat and fresh seafood, delivered up to six days a week. The store will have an array of bulk food bins with rice, spices, nuts and grains, as well as many gluten-free foods and items catering to those with food sensitivities.
The store will join several other specialty markets within a three-mile radius that cater to those looking for natural or gourmet food items; Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and a newly-expanded Trader Joe’s.
Corporate activism also leans toward supporting environmental and healthy causes; in 2009, Sprouts donated $100,000 to help state parks serving their customers and employees and customers together raised $100,000 for City of Hope.