Sprouts Farmers Market opens first SC location in Simpsonville

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Upstate shoppers now have another choice for fresh groceries.

Sprouts Farmers Market has opened its newest store at 2200 Woodruff Road in Simpsonville. The 30,000-square-foot store is the first in South Carolina for the Phoenix-based grocery chain and one of approximately 30 new stores to open nationwide.

The company plans to hire about 150 employees locally, according to a news release.

“Sprouts’ knowledgeable and friendly team members are the hallmark of our stores,” Sprouts chief operations officer Dan Sanders said in a statement. “We’re excited to meet our new neighbors in Simpsonville and introduce them to our fresh, natural, and organic products at value prices across the store.”

Founded in 2002, Sprouts carries healthy, fresh, organic produce, meat and seafood, bulk items, vitamins and supplements, a deli with freshly prepared entrees and sides, dairy, a bakery, natural body care items, and more.

In addition to thousands of natural, organic, and gluten-free groceries, shoppers can find more than 2,300 Sprouts Brand items, which meet strict ingredient standards while delivering exceptional quality at a lower cost, the release said.

Sprouts has also 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 an estimated 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.

Sprouts employs more than 27,000 team members and operates nearly 300 stores in 15 states from coast to coast.

For more information, visit sprouts.com.

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