Denver Post | Sprouts Farmers Market’s new Longmont store open today

AR-121229974.jpg&MaxH=200&MaxW=295Sprouts’ new 29,000-square-foot store is located in the former Borders Bookstore space at 1101 S. Hover St., which has been empty since the bookstore closed in fall of 2011. Sprouts will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the company’s president and CEO, Doug Sanders, said its opening has been a long time coming.

“We’ve been working on getting to Longmont for several years,” said Sanders, who is expected to be present for the opening. “We were working on Longmont and Sunflower was working on Longmont, and we both kind of coveted that Longmont space.”

It was actually Boulder-based Sunflower Farmers Market that announced, in April, plans for a Longmont store. But that announcement was merely a formality. At the time Sunflower was in the process of merging with Phoenix-based Sprouts, and it was already known that after the two companies merged, all Sunflowers stores would become Sprouts. That merger was finalized in May.

The combined company gives Sprouts about 150 stores in eight states, about 11,000 employees and about $2 billion in revenue in 2012.

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