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Sprouts Grocery Opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday

New development comes to the corner of North Main Street and Geary Road.

The day that some neighbors have been waiting a generation for comes Wednesday.

The Sprouts natural foods grocer is due to open its doors at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

One of those there to greet them will be Ayako Yamamoto, a 25-year-old who lives in Concord and spent most of her 25 years in Walnut Creek, including attending Parkmead Elementary School and Las Lomas High School. She recalls walking by the corner of North Main Street and Geary Road and wondering what the derelict building there was going to be, saying, "Are they ever going to remodel it?" Thirty years ago, it was a co-op market.

She was a fan of Whole Foods in Walnut Creek, and realized the city needed more locations for natural and organic foods, Yamamoto said.

In the last few weeks, Yamamoto has been front and center putting up merchandise and getting Sprouts departments ready to go, including bulk foods. "It's a nice opportunity to help and learn other departments," she said. She did an orientation in the Sprouts store in Dublin. Yamamoto has one of 85 jobs Sprouts has brought to north Walnut Creek.

The first day includes specials, including a host of items offered for a dollar such as frozen Amy's Burritos and small seedless watermelons. The first 500 customers will get a booklet with a coupon for five free sandwiches.

Sprouts, based in Arizona, has been adding sites in Northern California in the last two years — in the Sacramento area and Dublin and Sunnyvale.

Later openings are coming for other outlets in the center, including a Habit Burger Grill and Freebirds World Burrito.

emjai September 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
What's the address?
Lisbeth Allen September 07, 2012 at 12:03 AM
1510 Geary Road, Walnut Creek
Scott September 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Went by on Friday about 1PM to grab a sandwich. Good deal, but the parking lot was totally full! Luckily, I live walking distance so that wasn't a problem for me. Still, I was a bit concerned that the parking lot seems a bit inadequate now, and with more places to open in that area shortly, it can only get worse. A lot of the people working there appear to be parking on the side streets, which is not good. After all of the parking concerns over the Nieman-Marcus building in Broadway Plaza, I'm surprised and disappointed that City Hall didn't vet potential parking problems better!

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