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Dec 26, 2009 03:35 PM

Sprouts Market.

It looks like there is a Sprouts Farmer's Market coming to Culver City - where Circuit City once was. Can anyone tell us about Sprouts and how it compares to Whole Foods, Gelsons or Bristol Farms etc. I'm particularly interested in their seafood and the general quality all around and if there is anything of particular interest. The sign says "coming soon." Anybody know when that will be? Thanks.

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  1. There is one in Torrance and its similiar to Henrys as well..

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    1. re: Foodandwine

      Yup! It's more rustic than whole foods and those other places you mentioned... a TON of bulk (Which I am most excited about!) and a focus on butcher block.... I look forward to walking to fresh made sausages other than Sorrentos. :)


      1. re: Foodandwine

        Similar to Henry's? Walk into any of them, and you see that it IS Henry's, which now, of course, is owned by Smart & Final.

        The Sprouts Web site ( ) summarizes a relevant part of the story: "the Boney family [owners of Sprouts] started Boney's Marketplace, later renamed Henry's Marketplace in 1997. ... Wild Oats purchased Henry's Marketplace in 1999 and it was renamed Henry's Farmers Market." Later still, Whole Foods bought Wild Oats and dumped Henry's on Smart & Final.

        If you're like me, you now know more about Sprouts than you ever wanted or needed to know.

        1. Sprouts is a lot more like Henry's than Whole Foods, Gelsons, or Bristol Farms. The only time I tried to buy fish there (at the Irvine location), it was TERRIBLE!

          1. I was at the Sprouts in Tustin last night, I was not impressed at all, it is in the old Whole Foods location. The Fish did not look good, nor did the Vegetables. The store was dirty and we both felt like we were in a Henry's that was neglected. The only good thing that came out of it, was a great find on a 2005 Syrah from Argentina called Trivento. The wine regularly sells for $8.99, but is on sale for $2.99 until Jan. 4th, 2010. I bought a case and received an additional 10% off. It is smooth and velvety on the palate as it suggests and has rich fruit flavors and spice notes. I do not think you can go wrong at that price.

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            1. re: Frankie D

              I agree wholeheartedly with your characterisation of the Tustin (and, incidentally, Village at Orange) Sprouts... like a worse-kept Henry's. I don't love the produce at Henry's either, and the fish is horrendous, but the meat is pretty good and as Dommy! said there is a huge bulk selection which is nice. They also carry speciality items like Broguiere's milk and a wider-than-normal selection of vegetarian frozen meals.

              If you're in Orange and you need better produce and there's no farmers' market that day, my recommendation is Produce World, in the plaza with the Home Despot on Tustin between Taft and Meats, next to Chuck E. Cheese.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Thanks for the tip on the Produce World recommendation. Tomorrow my wife and I are going to check out the Farmer's Market in Irvine, I think it is on the corner of Jamboree and Irvine Blvd. I will post an update if I find true Farmer to Market products.

                1. re: Frankie D

                  That's the Old Myford market run by the OC Farm Bureau. It's a true farmers' market though my memory is that it's fairly small. The Saturday market (0800-1200) at Bridge and Campus, behind In-N-Out, is much larger.

            2. There are some similarities to Henry's (not surprising given that the same family started both chains) but I find it to be of lesser quality in general. The Henry's that I regularly patronize have upgraded quite a bit in the last couple of years and they and Trader Joe's meet most of my grocery needs. For packaged food (dry goods etc.) Sprouts is OK and the prices are good. I get most of my produce from a CSA and farmers' markets, but if I need something I do not buy from Sprouts. Same for meat/fish/cheese except occasionally there are good bargains--for instance last month they were selling Rosie chickens for $.88/lb.