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Sprouts Farmers Market to Bring 140 Jobs to Herndon This Year

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm 12 Comments

Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store will bring about 140 new jobs when it arrives in the Herndon Centre later this year as part of a broader expansion.

The grocer announced today (Jan. 8) that it will open approximately 30 stores this year. Nine of those stores are set to open in the second quarter of 2019, including the one at 494 Elden Street.

With each new store, the grocer expects to bring 140 new jobs to each location, according to the press release.

Reston Now previously reported in September that the natural and organic grocer would join part of the space vacated by Kmart.

Construction is currently underway as Florida-based real estate investment firm Sterling Organization divides the former big box store into several businesses, including LA FitnessMOD Pizza and IHOP.

Started 16 years ago, Sprouts Farmers Market  currently operates more than 300 stores in 19 states.

Sprouts Farmers Market said that opening dates for each store will be shared separately.

Photo via Fatimah Waseem

  • restonista

    I’m excited about this store opening along with other options as Whole Foods produce quality has done downhill since the Amazon acquisition.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Try Lotte and Super H

      • restonista

        Definitely excited to try those too. I always went to WF because I could depend on quality and more importantly, it’s super close but with the quality down, it’s time to shop elsewhere and save some money while doing it!

    • tattler

      What?! When you sell $6 asparagus water you have reached the pinnacle of quality!

    • jak12354

      I’m confused because there’s already a MOM’s Organic Market in the same plaza which seems very similar. And not direct competition but there is also a Lotte Market in that strip mall plus there is a Safeway literally across the street.

      • SofaGuy

        This strip will have Lotte, Mom’s, Medina Market, Safeway (across the street), The Russian Gourmet. Lots of food! I was surprised that all those grocery stores would be allowed in one strip but I was told that the Kmart section had different ownership than the other part.

        • Greg

          The entire Herndon Centre is divided among at least four owners. The former K-Mart property was sold / harvested out of the Sears Holdings miamsa and resold to a Palm Beach, FL-based developer for $7 million.

          The developer and Sprouts apparently fell for the area’s psychographics without detailed market analysis. Neither has any nearby presence or experience in the DMV.

          Herndon controls and approves redevelopment within the town borders, so it should be well aware of the plethora and perhaps oversaturation of food-based merchants.

  • Sue Brickman

    It will definitely impact Mom’s. That can be a good thing for customers.

    • Restonlover

      The Korean grocery store in that shopping center has amazing produce at amazingly low prices. Ultimately, that will also hurt Mom’s. It’s surprising to see three grocery stores in one shopping center.

  • Greg

    Too much retail, old and new, in Herndon — it’s only a matter of time before the next recession.


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