By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Mill Creek Director of Community Development Tom Rogers said he was very pleased that Sprouts took this step, confirming a long-standing rumor.
Kimco Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust, owns and operates the Gateway Shopping Center, where Safeway was once the anchor tenant.
The Kimco website has listed Sprouts Farmers Market as a “lease pending” tenant for quite a few months.
Safeway closed their Gateway Shopping Center store in summer 2015 citing low profitability for that particular location. In that same year, they closed nine stores in the Denver, Colorado, area.
Mill Creek City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto said, “We are pleased to add this high-caliber business to our local offerings.”
“Since Mill Creek is mostly built out, the City is in a unique position to be highly selective with businesses that are recruited. Sprouts Farmers Market aligns with the community’s values.”
Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing Joni Kirk said the new Sprouts store should be open by mid-2018.
Kirk said, “The store will offer fresh, natural and organic groceries at incredible prices and in an approachable setting that feels like an old-fashioned farmers market. Shoppers will find fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, a full-service deli, meat and seafood counters, fresh baked goods, tasty and ready-to-eat meals, gourmet cheeses, gluten-free products, sensibly-priced vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural and organic groceries.”
Sprouts will take half of the space that Safeway once occupied. Kimco is actively marketing the other half and there are rumors that additional tenants will be announced this year.
Sprouts and Kimco representatives declined to comment on the City of Mill Creek’s press release.
Typical produce aisle in Sprouts Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of Sprout Farmers Market.