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Jax Daily Record Saturday, Jan. 12, 201905:10 PM EST

Sprouts Farmers Market approved for $2.5 million build-out at Town Center

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The Phoenix-based natural foods grocer wants to open its first Jacksonville store by midyear.

In a necessary step for Sprouts Farmers Market to open its first Jacksonville store by June, the city issued a permit Friday for renovation of the former Best Buy in The Markets at Town Center.

Catamount Constructors Inc. of Roswell, Colorado, is the contractor for the $2.5 million project.  It will renovate the 30,162-square-foot store at 4893 Town Center Parkway.

Phoenix-based Sprouts announced last week it would open the first Jacksonville Sprouts during the second quarter. It is leasing the space.

Sprouts said the store will feature its newest interior designs that highlight departments and promote customer engagement. AAD: Fitch Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the architect.

Sprouts focuses on its center-store produce. Departments include The Butcher Shop, Fish Market and The Market Corner Deli.

Sprouts, which operates more than 300 stores in 19 states, says it specializes in fresh, natural and organic products “at prices that appeal to everyday grocery shoppers.”

Each store creates about 140 jobs. Its business model focuses on health and value.

No opening date was announced for its second Jacksonville store at Tamaya Market along Beach Boulevard, east of Kernan Boulevard.

Best Buy moved to a larger store nearby in The Strand at Town Center.

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