HADDON TWP. – Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing grocery chain in Arizona, plans to open its second store here in South Jersey.
The company wants to occupy about 23,000 square feet between the Target store and the Cork ‘n Bottle liquor store on Coutbert Boulevard, the township planning department said in a statement.
It will take the place of the former AC Moore and Tuesday Morning stores.
The firm’s application states that the store will offer meat, seafood, groceries and dairy products, as well as deli, bakery products, beer and wine.
A company spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
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Sprouts, which puts products at the center of every store’s open layout, describes its target customers as “health enthusiasts” and “experience seekers,” according to a recent statement from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
It has moved from stores from 28,000 to 30,000 square feet to smaller stores from 21,000 to 25,000 square feet, the statement said. Smaller stores with lower construction and operating costs “allow us to make more profits and continue to accelerate our growth,” it added.
The Sprouts store typically employs 75 to 100 full-time and part-time workers, according to a Feb. 24 document.
The planning council is expected to consider the application at a meeting on April 7.
Sprouts entered the South Jersey market in June 2019 when it opened a 33,000-square-foot market in Marlton Crossing, Route 73 in Evesham. It was previously expanded in Pennsylvania with a store in South Philadelphia.
The 20-year-old firm, which has 384 outlets in 23 states, calls itself “one of the fastest growing retailers in the country”. According to the company’s website, it has 130 stores in California, 49 in Texas and 44 in Arizona.
The firm, which aims to grow in the Mid-Atlantic, has added 62 stores over the past three fiscal years. He expects to add 15 to 20 stores this fiscal year.
Jim Walsh covers state security, economic development and other articles for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal.
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