Sprouts Farmers Market will be opening their doors to the Clovis community in the spring of 2016.
The neighborhood grocery store has signed a lease in the Trading Post Shopping Center at Clovis and Herndon avenues, said Sprouts’ Spokesperson Diego Romero. The debut will be formally announced in October, 2015.
Sprouts is a health-oriented grocery store with a farmers market feel, which has a selection of meat, bulk foods, seafood, dairy, a bakery, and vitamin goods.
“We are a healthy grocery store offering natural and organic products,” said Romero. “What makes us different from other stores is those products are found across the store, not just on one section or endcap.”
In effort to help costumers adapt a healthy lifestyle, Sprouts team members are trained to give customers product recommendations and even let them try them in store to help shoppers make the best choice.
“We like to make it easy,” Romero said. “If a customer were to ask to sample a fruit or to try something we will open up the package up in the store and let them try it.”
Jennifer Downs is a regular customer of the Sprouts in Fresno, on Blackstone and Alluvial avenues, even though she has to drive quite a ways from her home in Harlan Ranch.
“We don’t mind traveling the distance because they have a great selection of produce and it always looks fresh,” said Downs. “They have a really good meat section which always tastes fresh and we like the variety.”
Downs alternative shopping choice is Trader Joes, another specialty type grocery store, which she is located closer to her home, but once Sprouts is open in Clovis she says she will be shopping there more frequently.
Andrew Haussler, the Deputy Assistant Manager for the City of Clovis, said Sprouts will probably be competing primary with Trader Joes.
“The grocery stores that are preexisting provide an ample supply of organic produce, and Trader Joes seems to have done well,” Haussler said.
In addition to Sprouts, the Trading Post Shopping Center will also be welcoming Ross Dress for Less, Skechers, Pieology Pizzeria and many other new tenants, said Chris Shane, a Gryphon Capital managing partner.
The Ross Dress for Less store will be the second in the City of Clovis, while Skechers store and Pieology Pizzeria are brand new to the city. Currently, the closest Skechers is on Shaw and Blackstone in Fresno, while the nearest Pieology Pizzeria is located in Fresno’s Fig Garden shopping center. As with Sprouts, bringing these two new businesses to town will save Clovis residents a drive as well as keep tax dollars local.
In addition to new stores, the revamp of the Trading Post shopping center will also include project landscaping, general cleanup, and new site furniture like benches, and trashcans, said Shane. General cleanup and landscaping improvements began this month.
The plan, Shane said, is to improve the walkability of the shopping center and to provide a mix of tenants that will offer a phenomenal experience for the customer.
“That corner is going to be vibrant once again,” said Haussler. “And that’s exciting.”