Sprouts coming to Augusta
Just a little over a week after the closure of Whole Foods Market, another grocery chain announced its plans to plant roots in Augusta.
Sprouts Farmers Market, an Arizona-based healthy living supermarket will be the anchor tenant in the proposed Crane Creek shopping center at the corner of Interstate 20 and Walton Way Extension, just across the interstate from the Augusta Exchange shopping center. That area has been without a full-service grocery store since the closing of Winn-Dixie in 2005.
The 250-store Sprouts chain is a competitor to health-focused supermarkets such as Whole Foods, EarthFare and Trader Joe’s. Its website said its store focus on “healthy living for less.”
Cobblestone Retail Group, the Atlanta-based commercial real estate brokerage representing Sprouts at the future Crane Creek development, did not return phone calls seeking more information on the store Friday. But based on its online marketing materials, the 30,000-square-foot store would occupy more than half of the shopping center at the entrance to the Grand Oaks at Crane Creek apartment community.
That size is slightly smaller than the shuttered Whole Foods store, which was 41,000 square feet. The rest of the Crane Creek property will have more than 17,000 square feet for additional businesses, as well as two outparcels with drive-through availability. The projected completion date for the shopping center is March 2018.