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Sprouts Farmers Market chain opening Bixby store next year

A Phoenix-based natural food and farmers market chain with ties to the Osage LLC is opening a store in Bixby next year.

The Osage Limited Liability Company has a passive investment interest in the Sprouts Farmers Market store chain. Founded in 2002, Sprouts has more than 150 stores and plans to open the Bixby store in May 2013. When completed, the store will employ about 120 people, according to a news release.

The Osage LLC said the Sprouts store groundbreaking occurred Oct. 9 and encourages Osages to apply for the store employee openings. The store, located at 101st Street and Memorial Drive, is hiring for positions including: assistant grocery manager, assistant store manager, bookkeepers, checkout baggers and others.

The LLC board of directors approved a passive investment with Sprouts in late 2009 with 43 stores built at the time. The passive investments are made with companies with the LLC taking a minority position by providing capital to fund business development. According to the LLC’s 2011 annual report, the passive investment is an equity investment with a carrying value of $300,000.

“This is a very solid and successful investment for the Osage Nation,” LLC CEO Carol Leese said in a statement. “Sprouts is one of the fastest growing retailers in the country and has opened 23 stores in 17 months between May 2009 and October 2010 – It has a great track record of success.”

Sprouts specializes in natural and organic foods and carries produce and bulk items, meat and seafood, as well as vitamins and nutritional supplements. The store chain has locations in Edmond, Oklahoma City and other states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, according to its Web site.

According to the release, Sprouts employs 11,000 people and the chain reported sales of more than $1 billion in 2011.

Osages interested in applying at Sprouts may visit the store’s Web page and click on the “Sprouts Career Portal” link.


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2012-11-14 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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