By Sam Howard | October 15, 2019 | Palm Beach Post
JUPITER — The newest grocery store in town opens Wednesday, and leaders there say shoppers will notice the difference between it and competitors.
Sprouts Farmers Market opens at 3757 Military Trail at 7 a.m. Wednesday, when it will offer 20 percent off to the first 200 shoppers.
The Jupiter location is Sprouts’ 14th store in Florida and second in Palm Beach County, after a Wellington location opened this year. It will be open daily from 7 a.m.
There are a few details that distinguish the store on Military Trail, said Kalia Pang, a Sprouts spokeswoman. The Jupiter location has what Sprouts calls an “enhanced layout,” something not found in Wellington, Pang said.
Most notably, that means a 360-degree deli space, where shoppers can purchase an array of items that include house-made sushi, kombucha on tap, soups, salads and made-to-order sandwiches.
Another feature of the enhanced layout is a grind-your-own-nut-butter station, Pang said. Shoppers can press a button to make their own peanut and almond butter, which costs $3.99 and $7.99 per pound, respectively.
Nearby in the store’s center, the bulk item department offers selections of nuts, granolas, rices and other items that shoppers can purchase by the pound. Trail mixes start at $3.99 per pound. A pound of brown basmati rices is $2.99.
“This really sets us apart,” Pang said of the bulk section. There’s also a supplements department, which includes offerings such as keto protein powder and natural makeup.
The store’s produce department features organic and non-organic selections. Organic Hass avocados, for example, are two for $5, while regular Hass avocados run two for $1.
A pound of green beans cost just under $1 and a pound of red delicious apples cost $1.29.
Labels and tags across the store tell shoppers what’s gluten-free, vegan- and paleo-friendly, and organic. That makes it easier to track down items that are compatible with your diet, said store manager Steve Vick.
“At some conventional stores, it’s hard to find those items,” Pang said. She added that shoppers can expect to cross off every item on their grocery list at Sprouts. The company’s stores carry an average of 20,000 items, she said.
Foods there run the gamut from staples to snacks. A gallon of organic Sprouts-brand milk costs $5.99. There are 5-oz. bags of grain-free tortilla chips for $3.49.
“We’re a great place to shop because we offer a selection of everything,” Pang said.
What’s more, Vick said his staff members are knowledgeable and there to help shoppers who need guidance on what to buy. In all, 138 full- and part-time employees work at the Jupiter store, Pang said.
“It’s amazing what they know,” said Vick, who’s lost 75 pounds on the protein-focused keto diet.
Vick pointed to the prices, saying they make living a healthy lifestyle a relatively cheap endeavor. Sprouts can charge lower prices because of its sales totals and its relationships with suppliers, Pang said.
“I’m most excited about our fresh appeal,′ Vick said. “It’s healthy living for less.”
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