Sprouts and Sunflower: Together at Last, Naturally

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​Looks like natural food nuptials are underway for two farmers market store chains.

In a move that translates to 139 stores, 10,000 employees, and two billion dollars, Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market has announced it will merge with competitor Sunflower Farmers Market, who has corporate offices in Boulder, Colorado, and Phoenix, at the end of June.

Sprouts will acquire 35 Sunflower locations, expanding its reach to Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and strengthening its presence in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas (all of the locations will be re-branded as Sprouts by the end of 2012.).

The combined company plans to open up to thirteen new stores in 2012, and projects its 2012 annual revenues to approach two billion. Both chains were established in 2002.

This is the second merger in two years for Sprouts. In 2011, it combined with San Diego-based Henry's Farmers Market.

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot

For over 30 years, Gentle Strength Food Co-operative, Inc. was the pioneer in natural foods in the Valley.  Without the kind and generous people who established that company during the anti-war protests in the 1970s at a church in Tempe, AZ, we would likely not have the thriving natural foods industry we do here in the Phoenix Arizona area.  Rainbow Food Co-operative is still active in Tucson and the Bisbee Food Co-operative is also operational.  This is a prime example of where demand created a business and jobs to fulfill that demand. 

I served as a volunteer with Gentle Strength Food Co-operative, Inc. since 1981 to it's untimely demise due to malfeasance some of its board members at the time (non-disclosure of a serious conflict of interest was the main problem).  For 3 years prior to that I encouraged the board to change their business model to co-operative housing because many of us saw the fruition of our work in responding to and promoting the demand for natural foods in the Valley - the formation of large natural foods supermarkets.  Whole Foods, Sprouts, etc. etc. were coming and the demand of consumers no longer needed to be fulfilled by such an innovative business organization as a consumer owned co-operative business. 

If you're buying a loaf of Ezekiel Bread at Whole Foods, avoiding GMOs by buying Organics at the one of the Farmer's Markets or enjoying a sandwich at Sprouts, please remember all those thousands of volunteers who started the first type of full service Natural Foods Grocery store - the members / owners of Gentle Strength Food Co-operative, Inc.

Eli Love
Eli Love

Now the prices are going to go up watch and see. its another Boulder Colorado Jewish rip off.

Eatnaturalfoods
Eatnaturalfoods

 The first hippie health food store in Arizona was the 4th ave co-op that opened its doors in 1967. DIG? and its still open today and did not sell out to the highest bidder.

Jclonghorns
Jclonghorns

Freakin nut job. You must have came from a long line of nazi's.

joe.distort
joe.distort

this is the most amazing response possible. im gonna use this when people tell me any news

ie: 'hey did you here about the BBQ fest next week?'

'pffft, its just another Boulder Colorado Jewish Rip Off'

Nonjew
Nonjew

 Its because of that rich jew in boulder you will be paying higher prices at this store. remember that.

Nonjew
Nonjew

 Thats what they get for being a Jew. picked on by non Jews.

Jane
Jane

 Whats BBQ made out of murdered dead hog meat got to do with eating healthy organic vegies from mother earth?

Howie
Howie

 Wild Oats, Whole Foods, Sprouts and now Sunflower Market are all owned by a rich Jew in Boulder Colorado.  he is all about greed power and money. its called a monopoly. and your getting ripped off by him.

Old Hippie
Old Hippie

 The 4th ave food co-op in Tucson is the real thing. its still run by hippies and still has the best low prices around. you can always trust an old 1960s hippie over a greedy 2012 yuppie to give you  a better deal. the Tucson 4th ave co-op was around before most of you youngsters were born.and way before greedy yuppies took over the health and natural foods business.

OriginalLooseCannon
OriginalLooseCannon

YEA!  That would be Food Conspiracy
http://www.foodconspiracy.org/
Oops - the Food Conspiracy website says that it started in 1971.  That would make the Bisbee Food Co-op older cause it started in 1970 and IT is still in operation.
What Food Co-op do you know that "sold out"?

joe.distort
joe.distort

sarcasm to the first response and apparently a mini reading comprehension exam for others

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