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Commercial | SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET

Sprouting Up
SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET IS GROWING ACROSS 13 STATES FROM COAST TO COAST. BY RUSS GAGER

stores usually are in a
» Sprouts
retail strip mall or freestanding
with parking in front.

A

s vice president of construction,
procurement and facilities,
Steve Hagen is keeping busy
with Sprouts Farmers Market's
36 store openings scheduled this year. Last
year, he kept busy with 32 store openings.

Sprouts Farmers Market
www.sprouts.com
* Headquarters: Phoenix, Ariz.
* Employees: 24,000
* Specia y: Fresh produce and natural
foods

"We wouldn't pass up a great
site over a couple ousand
square feet."
- Steve Hagen, vice president of construction,
procurement and facilities

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This pace has helped the company maintain
the 14 percent annual growth rate that its
board of directors set as a goal when the
company went public in August 2013.
"Generally, that's the expectation - 14 percent organic growth," Hagen says. "This year,
we're a little bit above 14 percent because we
had the opportunity to take over a few of the
Haggen stores that closed and convert them
into Sprouts stores. So that was a few more
stores than we planned this year."
Sprouts' more than 240 stores are located
in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, New
Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Oklahoma, Georgia,
Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas and Missouri.
"We operate pretty much within those
zones, and typically, we open stores across
the entire network," Hagen says.
Some of Sprouts' early expansion was
through acquisition of chains such as
Henry's Market, Sunflower Farmers Market

and Sun Harvest Farmers Market. "Today,
our current expansion is focused on reimagining existing buildings or developing
new sites," says Hagen, who has been with
Sprouts Farmers Market since 2013.

The Right Site
The company values leased locations that
are good for retailing when deciding where
to locate its stores. "Whether it's good real
estate in the area that we want to be in -
whether an existing or a new building - is
the biggest driving factor," Hagen says. "Is it
really the right site?"
Sprouts stores usually are in a retail strip
mall with parking in front, but sometimes
they are freestanding. Both types of stores
are acceptable, and which is used depends
on which type of store is available and how
good a site it is in.
Sprouts' prototype store measures


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