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Specialty store “sprouting” up in the neighborhood


Information provided by the Town of Castle Rock

A specialty grocery store has long been on the wish list of many in the Castle Pines community. Not far to the south, the Town of Castle Rock is working toward that end.

The Castle Rock Town Council approved an economic development assistance agreement in July to enable Sprouts Farmers Market to open a store in the former Linens ‘n Things building, east of I-25 off Meadows/Founders Parkway.

The agreement requires the Sprouts store to open by March 31, 2010. However, Sprouts officials hope to open earlier.

“It is our hope that everything will come together and fall in the right places so that they can open in January,” said Jeff Ungerer, a representative of the group that owns the property in question.

Ungerer said work has already begun to turn the 28,000-square-foot vacant store in The Shoppes at Castle Rock, 5650 Allen Way, Suite 160, into a Sprouts.

Arizona-based Sprouts specializes in farm fresh produce and also offers a large selection of vitamins and supplements, all-natural meats, fresh seafood, bulk foods, natural and organic grocery items, rBST-free milk, imported cheeses, deli meats and more.

Sprouts has more than 30 stores in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas, and plans to open at least three more stores in Colorado and 10 stores in other states this year and next.

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