Any urban dweller knows that grocery stores — especially good grocery stores — can make or break a neighborhood. I mean, take it from someone whose closest grocery store used to be a mini Target: Grocery. Stores. Matter.
The South Broad Street area is about to get one heck of a boost with the arrival of a new Philadelphia Sprouts Farmers Market on September 19. The Arizona-based grocery store will be taking up residence at Lincoln Square, a multi-million dollar mixed-use development at Broad and Washington. Health food lovers should be particularly excited: Sprouts prioritizes fresh, natural, and organic foods “at prices that appeal to everyday grocery shoppers.” Can I get an AMEN?
But the Philadelphia Sprouts Farmers Market arrival brings more than just a new spot to shop for groceries. They’re also going to be giving back to our city in two important ways. For one, due to their commitment to “zero waste,” Sprouts has a Food Rescue program, through which they donate unsold, edible food to local food banks — or, in Philly’s case, to Philabundance. And secondly, they’ve decided to celebrate the opening of their first Pennsylvania store with a $20,000 donation to Urban Tree Connection, a Philly-based non-profit that works with low-income communities to transform vacant open spaces. They’re also donating $2,500 to benefit the Christian Street YMCA’s community programs. (I know: I’m not crying; you’re crying.)
Even if you’re not one of these worthy causes, Sprouts has some fun surprises waiting for you. On September 19, they’ll open the doors at 7 a.m., and the first 200 shoppers will receive 20 percent off their purchase (plus coffee and muffin samples while they wait in line. Score). Also on opening day, every 15th shopper will get a Sprouts coupon book, and every customer will go home with a free reusable tote bag.
Then, throughout the opening weekend, Sprouts will hand out more coupons to the first 200 shoppers on September 22 and to every 15th shopper on September 23.
The new Philadelphia Sprouts Farmers Market will be located at 1000 South Broad Street.