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Sprouts Farmer Market to Move into Former DeLano’s Space in Tam Valley

The future home of Sprouts Farmers Market at 209 Flamingo Ave. in Tam Valley.
The future home of Sprouts Farmers Market at 209 Flamingo Ave. in Tam Valley.

Nearly three years after Tam Valley residents lost their grocery store, the owners of the 23,000-square-foot space in Tam Junction have inked a deal with Sprouts Farmer Market, a fast-growing, “independent natural foods grocery store chain” based in Arizona.

Citing lease contingencies, a Sprouts spokesperson declined to comment on the details, saying only, “We are thrilled to come to Mill Valley.” The company has yet to identify an opening date in 2014, she said.

The move is likely a welcome relief for Tam Valley residents, who have been without a local grocery store since December 2010, when location Delano’s IGA Market closed its store at 209 Flamingo Road, one of five DeLano's markets in Marin and San Francisco that shut down at that time.

Two years later, as San Jose-based retail chain Orchard Supply Hardware prepared to open a store in the space, a pair of petitions from Tam Valley resident Mark Marinozzi successfully sought to dissuade OSH from doing so and they pulled the plug on their plans. One of those petitions invoked the community’s need for a grocery store in the 23,000-square-foot space at 209 Flamingo Road, while the other urged one prospective grocery tenant to move into Tam Valley. OSH filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June.

At that time, Robert Knez, CEO of HL Commercial Real Estate in San Rafael and the agent for the building's owners, the Parrish Trust, noted that while the building had been vacant for two years, Kroger Co., which owns the Cala Foods/Bell Market chain, had subleased the Tam Valley space to DeLano Retail Partners. That firm’s lease on the space did not run out until April 2012, so the Parrish Trust was getting revenue from the vacant building for 16 months after DeLano's closed.

Stay tuned for more info on Sprouts’ plans to open a grocery store in Tam Junction.

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Clayton Smith December 13, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Allow me to be the first to congratulate Sprouts Markets on their decision to locate in our community. They will be a welcome addition for a number of reasons. When it first came to my attention that they were considering a move to the old Bell Market location on Highway 1, I went online to see who they were and if they had any other stores nearby. I discovered that they had one in Petaluma. So I stopped by that location, when I was up there a month or so ago. I was very reassured by what I saw. They run a well thought out operation that offers a good shopping experience with a selection of grocery items at prices, which will make budget shoppers quite happy. For those looking make their food dollar stretch further (particularly the new families who have moved into the area), the prices they will find at Sprouts will provide glad tidings and a welcome relief to the ones found at the other local markets. The Petaluma store was clean, conveniently and logically laid out, with a deli style counter that will accommodate the needs of folks looking for a healthier alternative to the Subway. They offer much of the same mix of more conventional foods with the "organic" as Mollie Stones. The employees were as friendly as Whole Foods. I didn't pick up any of the attitude of exhaustion and distance you get at Safeway or Mollie Stones. They were well chosen for their focus on being helpful and polite. My impression in Petaluma is that they hired locally. If it were not for the stupid restrictions on kids working in force these days, Sprouts could offer some much needed work experience and income to the high schoolers in town. I plan to support them with a portion of my food dollar, and I hope the folks in Tam Valley do likewise. We need them to prosper.
Kori Miller January 17, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Hi Clayton! I go to Tam High School and I am writing an article on the new Sprouts market coming to Tam Valley for my journalism class. You seem to have a positive opinion on the subject, so I was wondering if I could possibly quote you in my article? I would just need the above information to quote, unless you want to add anything else. Just let me know if you would be up for it! Thank you so much in advance!
Clayton Smith January 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Hi Lori! Yes, you have my permission to quote me in your article. If you wanted to make a field trip out of it, you could visit their store in Petaluma and do some shopping, hopefully after having a fun day exploring the old town up there and having lunch on the river. Sprouts will have a very positive effect for Tam Valley and in particular will bring a higher quality shopping experience than is now available at Safeway and at a competitive price. For the families in Marin who are not making over $200K a year, the food shopping options are limited. Sprouts will fill in this gap nicely. I wish them every success.
Clayton Smith January 18, 2014 at 12:08 AM
Hi Kori! My apologies for misspelling you name. Clayton.

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