Sprouts and Sunflower Market Are Merging!

March 12, 2012 · 5 comments

by Jennie
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Sprouts and Sunflower Market have just announced that they will be merging. According to the e-mail that they sent out to customers today, the combined company, which will eventually operate under the single name Sprouts Farmers Market, will have 142 stores and about 10,000 employees at the time the transaction closes, which is expected to be in mid-Spring. That will make them one of the largest grocery retailers specializing in fresh and natural foods in the region. They also plan to open several additional new stores later in the year.

Here are few of the benefits of this merger that they listed in their e-mail:

• It will bring an influx of interesting new products to your store.
• Prices may get even better, as our improved access to suppliers should allow us to find efficiencies in purchasing and distribution.
• There will be more stores, with more employment opportunities, and more of a tax base for the local economies.
• There will be improvements in operations, as we take the best practices of each company and merge them into one.

Also, here are some additional information that they shared regarding the timing of the transition:

Now, as we learned during our merger with Henry's/Sun Harvest Farmers Markets last year, these things take time to work out. We are realistic about that. For one thing, until the closing of the merger, Sprouts and Sunflower will remain separate and distinct entities who are competing with each other. Also, once the merger is finalized, changes will be phased in gradually over the rest of 2012. For example, because we have different buying systems and warehouses and inventories, it may take many months before the stores all carry the same products. It may also take some time before you can shop the stores interchangeably by, for example, purchasing items at a Sunflower store and returning them to a Sprouts store. Certainly it will be quite a few months before you see the name change on the outside of any store.

What do you think of this big change?




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1 Madeline March 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I love it! I’ve been wanting a Sprouts nearby and I already love Sunflower. Hopefully this will help all their pricing!

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2 Angela N March 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Hmm, I’m torn! Sprouts always has really good and cheap organic produce, and Sunflower doesn’t. On the other hand, Sunflower’s non-organic produce is really cheap! Both stores have pretty expensive grocery items though… I’d like to see that change. I’m not sure what to make of this change! I feel a little sad that they’re messing with my grocery shopping… is that pathetic? ;)

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3 Katie March 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

That’s interesting – I had the exact opposite response as the previous post. I don’t shop at Sunflower because their produce always goes bad quickly and usually looks wilty and gross at the store. The Sprouts seems to be really fresh and I’m much more please with the prices of their other products. I always felt like Sunflower had good prices on produce but then made up for it if you bought anything else.

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4 Andrea March 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I hope they keep the fresh produce like at Sunflower…Sprouts produce usually isn’t as fresh/good.

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5 Crystal March 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I totally agree. The last few times, we’ve had mold on our produce. Last month, we also bought some pork chops that had a “sell by date” 6 days out. When I opened to package to cook it, it smelled like rotten fish! I love Sunflower Market though, so I am hoping that things will mimic that store.

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