By Lauren Strait

Sprouts Farmers Market, Phoenix-based specialty grocery chain, recently announced plans to open approximately 30 new stores, including seven during the first three months of 2019.

The latest location in Arizona is sprouting up in the Northeast Valley. The Cave Creek planning commission recently approved the rezoning of the 61,000 square-foot shopping center at the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Carefree Highway in the fall of 2018, with Sprouts to anchor the commercial site and take up about half of the space.

The new store will bring approximately 140 new career opportunities to the neighborhood in the Northeast Valley with competitive pay, team member discounts, a fun and rewarding culture, and numerous career advancement opportunities. Sprouts continues to accelerate investments in team members, including enhanced pay, benefits, leadership development and recognition.

Since opening its doors 16 years ago, Sprouts has appealed to everyday shoppers interested in fresh, natural and organic products at affordable prices. Sprouts offers fresh produce, meat and seafood from The Butcher Shop and Fish Market, freshly prepared entrees and sides at the Market Corner Deli, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, dairy, bakery, natural body care items and more. In addition to thousands of natural, organic and gluten-free groceries, shoppers can find more than 2,400 Sprouts Brand items, which meet strict ingredient standards while delivering exceptional value, taste and quality.

Sprouts is dedicated to growing responsibly and has committed to a “Zero Waste” threshold by 2020, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Sprouts Food Rescue program donates unsold and edible groceries, including fresh produce, from its stores and distribution centers to food banks in all of its markets. Local relief agencies pick up this food, which would otherwise go to waste, and distribute it to families in need. In 2017, Sprouts donated 23 million pounds of product, equivalent to 19 million meals. Food that is not fit for human consumption is either composted or sent to cattle ranches through Sprouts’ Food Waste to Farms program.