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Sprouts closing most stores

As of December 18th, the Brodie, Rollingwood, and Anderson lane (Sun harvest) stores will be closing. The South Lamar (also former Sun Harvest), Great Hills (wherever that is), and RR stores will still be open.

I guess they knew this was inevitable when they merged (again) with Sun Harvest. I believe they originally founded by the same family of stores.

Good news for Sunflower, at least. I'm nor sure how they're managing to stay in business from the "crowds" I see there.

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  1. I've been to the Great Hills store (Sprouts) a few times but never saw anything really enticing there to bring me back. It is an interesting concept (some organic, some "normal" HEB-type groceries) but it was so small and the prices so much higher on the HEB-type groceries that I saw no reason to go back, plus it is a very small store so the selection was not very good. I have not been in quite some time.

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    1. re: danny_w

      I go to the Great Hills stores when the flyer (which shrank considerably in the past couple of weeks) has good deals on produce or meats, both of which are very good values. I'm also a huge fan of Hansen's sodas, and they're one of the few retailers that carries more than just root beer.

    2. I like Sprouts for their organic coffee prices, both regular and decaf. Though right now I'm addicted to Cuvee's Spicewood blend and one other (bright blue coffee bag with picture of a leaping frog on the front) that I have found at the downtown Whole Foods .

      I also like Sprouts (the Great Hills store near the Arboretum) for their non-antibiotic chicken parts and their sprouted breads, particularly their sprouted sourdough.

      I've always been surprised they didn't have more organic veggies.

      They do have a well-stocked vitamin section.

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      1. re: sweet100s

        Yes it seemed to me like the vitamin section took up half of the store, what a waste of space (for me anyway). IMO the fruits and veggies were well below par (HEB has far better produce), and there was virtually no meat selection. I wanted to like them but there were too many shortcomings.

      2. The Sun Harvest store on Anderson has been open for many years and now after only being a Sprouts for three months they are going to close it? Everything I feared before the take over has come true. They raised prices on everything, the quality of the produce dropped, the and the quality of the beef dropped. As small as the the store on Anderson is it actually has a meat counter unlike Great Hills which only has fish and sausage. It also has more local products and a better bread selection.

        With the closing of the Anderson Sun Harvest I'll be able to get better produce and meats at the Braker HEB. No reason to shop at Sprouts at all with the "Sun Harvest" store closed.

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        1. re: TheBadWolf

          You can't call Sprout's a victim of their own success, since IMO there was no success. As much as I loathe Whole Foods, the attempt by Sprout's to pass themselves off as the poor man's Whole Foods was a joke. I shopped at the great Hills location and at the Round Rock location and was not impressed by either. The HEB in Georgetown has better quality produce, meat and seafood. And folk....just because you label something "Organic" doesn't mean it is.

          1. re: ericthered

            Although I agree with you for the most part, Sprouts is good for a few things. If you're stuck with a gluten-free diet or have to feed someone on a gluten-free diet, they have a big variety of products to choose from at prices that beat Whole Foods, Central Market and even HEB. Also, if you shop carefully, you can get staple produce for dirt cheap.

            I'm sad that most of the stores have closed. The old Sun Harvest location on Anderson was very close to where I live and was convenient for running in to pick up forgotten items.

            1. re: ericthered

              A coworker bought some beef there that was labeled as being sourced in the USA but he pulled of the sticker and it said "product of Paraguay".

              1. re: achtungpv

                Saw a news report the other day that Whole Foods was supposedly selling bags of veggies labeld California something or other but looking on the back the bag said Product of China. That's why I don't kid myself and shop at HEB. If I'm being sold products produced elsewhere I am not being charged twice the price and told this is local sourced. C'mon MacCay, cut the crap.

              2. re: ericthered

                >> just because you label something "Organic" doesn't mean it is.

                Isn't the label "organic" a legally binding label ?

                (as opposed to All-Natural, which means nothing)

            2. In today's AAS is an article about Fresh Plus going into the location at Anderson Lane. They expect to be open by Feb. 1. I drove by there today and see guys working at the store.

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              1. re: singlemalt

                I was happy to hear that - I've always liked Fresh Plus......but I guess it could be another version of a poor-man's Whole Foods.

                ericthered - I get organic broccoli from Costco. Funny, it is from China, believe it or not. I can't remember the brand name, but you'd never know it by looking at the front of the package. The unfortunate thing is that is some damn good broccoli. Also, you can get "Baton Rouge" crawfish tails that are actually from China.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  This has always confused me at HEB/Whole Foods... if it is sourced from Mexico, but it is organic produce (labeled, in the organic section, and item code is the 5-digit code for organic), how do we know it is truly organic? Is the standard for imported organics the same as domestic? Maybe that is why the price difference is significant between some WF organics and CM organics....

                  1. re: rudeboy

                    I guess my take from this is don't trust any labels. Imports whether from Mexico, Paraguay, China or whatever are not held to any particular standard for the label to be "organic". The only remedy is grow it yourself, or frequent the local farmers markets if you are fortunate to live near one. The obvious success of the Whole Foods craze seems to have launched the Fresh Plus, Sprouts Natural Grocer genre. Let the buyer beware.

                    1. re: ericthered

                      I grow most of my produce and put it up, but occasionally, when it's like 110 for 2months, the only thing I can grow is peppers and okra... and there's only so much you can do with that. But you can make some fine gumbo :) The City is trying to limit outdoor watering in April, and this has sparked my interest as I will have to rely on the grocery for more produce.

                      I was always curious what Mexico or China's standards are for 'organic.' But I am amazed at the soccer moms that swear by it.

                      1. re: drdelicious

                        If it's imported for sale in the US and labeled organic, then it is required meet the US standards for organic produce, in much the same way as imported electronics, toys, clothes, etc., must meet US standards for safety, truthfulness in labeling and so forth.

                        1. re: ret3

                          There have been enough cases of US-based fraud when it comes to the term 'organic' so I certainly wouldn't bet on imported produce meeting any kind of standards, particularly with regards to China.