Lake Forest residents in the market for high-quality groceries at affordable prices are in for a treat. Sprouts, the rapidly-growing organic grocery chain, has announced that it will open a new store in Lake Forest in the second half of 2019, bringing new jobs with it.
Sprouts Farmers Market is a grocery store with the sensibility of a farmers’ market. The first Sprouts store was opened in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002, and their corporate headquarters are in the same city. According to their most recent information, Sprouts:
- Operates more than 300 stores in 19 states
- Employs more than 30,000 people
- Sells over 20,000 products, 90% of which are natural or organic
The company also prides itself on participating in and sponsoring community events where their stores are located. For example, they donate about 27 million pounds of food to local food banks across the country every year.
In addition to traditional grocery items, Sprouts stores sell many attribute-based items, including a wide selection of gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan items. In their stores, they have:
- Market Corner Deli, where customers can buy sandwiches and prepared foods
- Butcher Shop for organic and free-range meats
- Fish Market for fresh seafood
- An expansive Vitamins & Supplements section
Their corporate philosophy is that healthy living is a journey and every meal is a choice.
The Location in Lake Forest
Sprouts already operates 118 stores in California, including locations in Pasadena, Burbank, and Thousand Oaks. The Lake Forest store is one of three new stores opening in California in 2019. The other two are in West Covina and West Hollywood.
The new store in Lake Forest will have about 30,000 square feet of retail space and bring 140 jobs to the area. It will be located at 24332 Rockfield Boulevard.
The company does not release information about wages. Indeed.com has some salary information, but it’s worth noting that some of the wages listed will necessarily be higher in California due to the state’s minimum wage being $12.00, which is well above the national minimum wage.
Company spokesman Diego Romero said in an interview that Sprouts added 3,500 new employees in 2018. The statistic we like is that they also promoted 28% of their existing team members in the same period. That’s a good sign for Lake Forest residents who are looking for growth opportunities.
While the specific details of the Lake Forest store opening have not yet been released, it’s one of 13 new stores scheduled to open in the second half of 2019.
It’s also worth noting that Sprouts’ prices are between 10% and 15% lower than those at other natural grocery stores such as Whole Foods. The new market is expected to be an affordable alternative, a place where Lake Forest families can find healthy, organic produce and other items without breaking their budgets.
It’s always exciting when new employment opportunities come to town, especially when they bring affordable prices for healthy food with them. The new Sprouts store in Lake Forest promises to do both, along with the grocery chain’s commitment to community involvement. It’s something for all Lake Forest residents to look forward to.
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