In 1943, Henry Boney began Sprouts' longstanding legacy of providing fresh, natural food available to anyone interested in eating well and spending less when he opened a San Diego fruit stand.
Our company was founded by members of the Boney family, long-time San Diego grocers with a focus on making fresh foods affordable. Our founders opened the first Sprouts store in Chandler, Ariz. in 2002 with abundant produce and thousands of natural, organic and great-tasting foods at remarkably low prices.
Our story continued with a period of rapid growth through acquisitions and new store development. In 2011, Sprouts joined with Henry's Holdings, which ran 35 Henry's Farmers Markets stores and eight Sun Harvest Market stores. A year later, Sprouts bought Sunflower Farmers Market, which ran 37 stores.
Sprouts became a public company traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market in August, 2013. In recent years, we expanded into the Southeast by adding new stores in Georgia, Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee. Today, Sprouts is one of the fastest growing retailers in the country. Sprouts employs more than 22,000 team members and operates more than 220 stores in 13 states from coast to coast.
We have never lost sight of Henry's vision and we remain true to our belief that good food, and good taste, mean fresh and natural. Thanks, Henry!
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Henry Boney starts his first fruit stand – he later creates Speedee Mart, Boney's and other operations
Two of Henry's sons, Stan and Steve, create a second generation Boney's store in Ramona, CA. From that beginning came Windmill Farms and Boney's, and in 1997 the family renames the chain "Henry's Marketplace," in honor of their dad
The Boney family sells Henry's Marketplace to Wild Oats
Stan and his son Shon Boney, along with family friends Scott Wing and Kevin Easler, create Sprouts, based in Phoenix, AZ
Sprouts expands to Texas, opening its first store in Plano
Sprouts expands to California, repurchasing store in El Cajon previously run by the Boney Family
Wild Oats is sold to Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods divests itself of Henry's, selling the chain to Smart & Final, Inc. (which, as of early 2007, is owned by Apollo Management, LP)
Sprouts expands to Colorado, opening first stores in Westminster and Parker
Sprouts grows rapidly, opening 23 new stores in a 17-month period
Sprouts opens 50th store, and first one in Northern California, in Sunnyvale
Henry's and Sprouts merge under Apollo, creating one of the largest natural food grocers in the Western U.S. with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion
Sunflower and Sprouts merge under Apollo, expanding Sprouts presence to nearly 150 stores throughout eight states: AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX and UT
Sprouts Farmers Market becomes a public company traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market
Sprouts expands into the Southeast by adding new stores in Georgia.
Sprouts expands to three new states, MO, AL and TN, bringing "Healthy Living for Less" coast to coast with more than 200 stores in 13 states