We are so excited that the new Sprouts Market finally opened in Sarasota. We try to eat healthy and we have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.
I had to go on opening day to see what it was like. The store opened at 7 AM and by the time I got there at 7:15 hundreds of people had already gotten in. They had coupons for the first 200 people and I was not one of them.
After a short wait in line, we went in greeted by a group of employees applauding and cheering our entry.
The parking lot and the store were mobbed. You could hardly walk through the aisles. They did have a lot of friendly and helpful employees on staff.
The store is 26,000 square feet and it is bright and cheery. The intent of the store chain is to provide “fresh, natural and organic groceries at incredible prices” and to feel like an old-fashioned farmers market. The displays of produce are low profile to keep an open airy environment.
The Sprouts chain opened its first store in Chandler Arizona in 2002. They have grown to now include over 250 stores. They are open 364 days a year.
The store has beautiful displays of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and a deli, bakery section and meats and seafood sections. They have ready-to-eat meals, vegan, paleo and gluten free options, plus lots of other groceries, vitamins and supplements.
Sprouts tries to have 90% of their items either natural or organic.
I bumped into one of my vegan buddies Kathy who got there at 6:35 AM and got one of the coupons. She pointed out that they did not have a very good selection of dried beans, especially organic and after checking it out, I agree with her.
I thought the prices were average, however the specials were very good
values. It is helpful to know that their weekly ad prices run from Wednesday to Wednesday so if you shop on Wednesday, the ad prices from each week overlap.
On their website, you can find the weekly ads, coupons, healthy living resources, recipes and more. You can also download their mobile app.
Sprouts Market is located in the Pelican Plaza at 8308 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238 – the same plaza as Total Wine.
We will be shopping there since it is convenient and near our beloved Costco.
We are health conscious so we try to eat what we feel is healthy
and we like good values.