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Sprouts Farmers Market

Operates organic markets in eight states.

Address: 11811 North Tatum Blvd, Suite 2400
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Employees: 14,000
CEO: Doug Sanders
Stock Symbol: SFM

Website: http://sprouts.com

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Sprouts Farmers Market is a specialty retailer of fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Stores offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers' growing interest in health and wellness.

Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Sprouts Farmers Market employs more than 14,000 team members and operates more than 167 stores in eight states.

The company said it plans to open as many as 55 new Sprouts stores in 2014 and beyond.

The company went public in July 2013 selling 18.5 million shares at $18 per share.


Henry Boney was a strapping young man from the West Texas town of Kress, where he grew up poor, selling cream from 20 head of cows the family owned to generate a meager income. Like many people in the Dust Bowl era, he moved to California seeking better fortune. He arrived there in 1934 and did what he could to make ends meet, including driving an ice cream truck for Arden Dairy. Through that job he met Jessie Grame and married her in 1943, at the age of 29. The newlyweds then borrowed $600 from her parents to buy a pickup truck, and used that to haul some peaches down from the orchards of Julian. They opened a fruit stand at the corner of 71st and El Cajon Boulevard near La Mesa...and a tradition was born. (True to the family's high ethical standards, they also paid her parents back within three weeks!)

Henry was a food retailer, a man who, because of his earliest roots, cared deeply about making fresh foods affordable to everyone. Over the years, Henry Boney and his family would start and sell many retail businesses, including Speedee Mart (the original convenience stores, eventually sold to Southland Corporation, parent company of 7-Eleven), Boney's, Bradshaw's and Superama. Though he lived his life as an entrepreneur through and through, it was never about making money. "It was always for the sense of accomplishment and the way this business makes us feel," he once told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The second generation of Boney's stores were opened in 1969 by Henry's sons, Stan, Steve, and later, Scott. The name was changed to Henry's Marketplace in 1997, in honor of the family patriarch...and that's where things got really complicated. The Boney family ran Henry's until 1999, when the stores were sold to Wild Oats Markets, Inc. Stan, his son Shon, and family friends Kevin Easler and Scott Wing all worked for Wild Oats for a time, but eventually left and, to avoid the terms of a non-compete agreement that prohibited them from running stores in California, moved to Arizona to found Sprouts Farmers Market. The first store opened in Chandler, AZ in 2002.

Under the leadership of Stan and Shon Boney, Sprouts grew rapidly – and, from afar, that made Henry and Jessie Boney exceedingly proud. Henry eventually passed away in 2005.

In 2007, Whole Foods Market, Inc. purchased Wild Oats and sold the Henry's stores to Smart & Final Holdings Corp., which in turn was purchased by Apollo Management, one of the world's largest private equity firms.

In 2011, Apollo bought a controlling interest in the 63-store Sprouts, and Smart & Final sold Henry's to Sprouts...effectively reuniting two companies that had been founded by the same family, years apart. At the time, Henry's was operating 43 total store locations, comprised of 34 stores in California and nine stores in Texas operating under the Sun Harvest banner.


Sprouts Farmers Market offers team members a Total Rewards package, which includes competitive pay, excellent benefits, an outstanding culture, dynamic work environment and opportunities for career development.

Sprouts offers a wide variety of benefits, which include:

  • Medical – Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente (California Team Members Only)
  • Dental – MetLife PPO or Cigna Dental HMO
  • Vision - Avesis
  • 401(k) plan with matching employer contributions
  • Team Member Discount
  • Vacation, Sick and Holiday Time Off
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Scholarship Program
  • Company Provided and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Legal Shield Insurance

Updated December 1, 2013