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Jul 16, 2014 11:50 AM

Sprouts Markets, Lenexa, KS

What is your opinion of Sprouts? There is one opening almost across the street from an Aldi. I hope they don't hurt Aldi's business.

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  1. In my experience they cater to completely different market shares. Sprouts offers fresh produce and what used to be described as "gourmet" specialty items. Aldi, it seems to me, is far more price-oriented, with much less emphasis on quality.

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    1. re: Jaymes

      OK, thanks. I do remember Sprouts being described as a cross
      between Trader Joe's
      and Whole Foods. Guess that was pretty apt, based on what you said.

      1. re: GiGiWy

        I'd say a cross between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods pretty much nails it. And don't think it has anything much in common with Aldi. As I said, I don't think they're targeting the same market at all. For example, I very much like Sprouts and go there frequently, but am not much of a fan of Aldi and avoid it when I can. This isn't meant as a criticism - it's just that Aldi's "style" doesn't appeal to me personally.

        A note about Sprouts - they have one item that my dad absolutely loves - Aussie Bites. They're a very small whole-oats kind of muffin-like thing. He's in a retirement home and is on a restricted diet, so there are lots of things he can't (or at least shouldn't) eat. There isn't a Sprouts in the town where he lives so I send him a couple of packages of those Aussie Bites every month.

        If that sounds like something you'd like, then when your Sprouts opens, I'd suggest you give them a try. They're in the prepackaged baked goods section - at least they are in my local store.

        1. re: Jaymes

          Thank you. The Aussie Bites sound good ... and healthful!