Sprouts Market open in Culver City
Opened up Wed 6/23. This is in the old Circuit City location on Sepulveda near Jefferson. We dropped in this weekend. Agree with past observations that it seems like a cross of TJ's, Henry's and Whole Foods. Prices are definitely a lot better than WH. Larger produce selection than TJ's. Layout and feel is patterned after Henry's.
We picked up several of their opening specials. Got a few different kinds of sausages since we heard good things about it. Got a few different loaves of bread, some produce. Also some candy from the bulk bins.
It's hard to make a judgment on the store since it still had the new car smell and there was a ton of staff. Everyone was very friendly. All the stock looked fresh and full. Prices seem reasonable. But we liked the first impression enough that we'll drop in a few more times and see how they hold up.
We usually do the bulk of our fruit and produce shopping at the Sunday Mar Vista farmer's market and don't see that changing much. But we'll use Sprouts as a comparison for our meats. The prices, quality and variety in the cases seem decent. The cheesecase had a fair selection and pricing. But I didn't like the looks of the different kinds of blue cheeses they had. I was going to pick up a couple of different varieties of blues but everything I saw was of poor quality.
Didn't get a chance to cook the sausages due to a change in plans so those are going into the freezer for later review. But we did get to try the candies since that's easy snacking, haha! We got some of their chocolate malted balls and the chocolate covered spun honeycomb. The malt balls were okay, ratio of chocolate to malt was off, too much chocolate and not enough malt balls. Also the chocolate was only okay. However, we really liked the chocolate covered spun honeycomb. I'm a big fan of Violet Crumble and these were a better version. Even better, it was dark and not milk chocolate.
It's an interesting addition to the neighborhood and I'll be curious to see how they hold up as they settle into a regular routine.
I started shopping at Henry's and then Sprouts in San Diego back in 2002 and was immediately hooked! On the corner of El Camino Real and Encinitas Blvd. I had a Henry's, TJ's and 99 Cent Only store. Talk about heaven!!!
Now I live in the vast "foodie wasteland" of Fort Worth. The only saving grace is that I have a Sprouts in Southlake, about 25 minutes from home. In California I always got the freshest produce and fish, and their sausage is really good. I like their hot Italian chicken sausage and stock up when it is on sale for $2.99/lb. All of the bulk nuts and grains are really fresh.
Sprouts is much more reasonable than Whole Foods and the quality is just as good here. The only other option I have here is Central Market which is really expensive an the selection is still limited.
Sprouts is great - IMO it falls somewhere between Henry's and Wild Oats (before Whole Foods bought them). i'm not crazy about their dairy selection, and i wish they sold fresh, sliced-to-order deli meats, but they have terrific produce deals sometimes, and their employees are always friendly and helpful. their bulk selection is really unbelievable - fortunately for me i only buy bulk items out of those wall-mounted gravity-assisted containers, so i manage to exercise restraint and resist the siren song of all those bins at Sprouts :)
LOVE this place- I've been going to the one in T.O. It's the best for Gluten Free items! Even saw GF hamburger and hot dog buns there today! Fabulous $$'s on fresh fruit and veges too.
My sister turned me on to this place about 10 years ago where she lives in Glendale AZ. So excited to see it come to L.A. Was part of the Henry's family but, branched off and is now independent from Henry's.