In March, Sprouts Farmers Market and Sunflower Farmers Market announced merger plans and as of May 29, the merger is complete. With this merger, Sprouts is one of the larger grocers in the western United States. The company now has 144 stores with six new stores scheduled to open by the end of 2012.


Sprouts will maintain its Phoenix, Ariz., headquarters with Sunflower Farmers Market's operations in Boulder, Colo., and Phoenix merging into the Sprouts Phoenix office.


Existing Sunflower Farmers Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah will begin the conversion to Sprouts Farmers Market stores in early July. Upgrade plans include updated fixtures, expanded merchandise choices for customers and new interior and exterior signage.


Sprouts’ CEO Shon Boney commented on the merger completion: “Everyone at Sprouts is eager to work with the Sunflower team to build a stronger company. In joining forces, we will create a company that is not only bigger, but better – and continue to provide our signature shopping experience with a strong commitment to value and natural products. The customers and employees of both stores have a lot to look forward to as we launch this great adventure.” Source: Sprouts


Merger information is available at the website. As a customer of both Sprouts and Sunflower, I have to admit than I’m more than a little excited about the merger. More store locations, more products to choose from and ultimately lower prices is a win-win-win situation.