Sprouts market may join Colinayre

grocerSprouts Farmers Market could find a home in Ballantyne as part of 521 Partners’ rezoning request for the Colinayre property at the southwest corner of southwest corner of Providence Road West and Johnston Road.

Sprouts is a health-focused grocery store that originated in Arizona in 2002 and now has 200 stores nationwide.

Like Trader Joe’s, Sprouts offers healthy foods and supplements at a more affordable price points. The grocer offers natural and organic foods, bulk dry goods, a full-service deli and baked goods.

Sprouts expanded to the southeast in 2014. This Ballantyne location would be the grocer’s first in the Carolinas.

521 Partners submitted last year a rezoning request for the 13 acres across from the Publix Super Market at Ballantyne Town Center. Currently, the property is zoned for offices. The mixed-use development plan that 521 Partners submitted would make the property a commercial center allowing for retail.

According to the request, the proposed development will include a mix of uses, including office, retail, a bank and a hotel. The site plan is broken into three separate development areas – a 3-story, 24,000-square-foot building for a bank and offices; a 4-story, 123-room hotel (Holiday Inn Express) or a two-story office building of 50,000 square feet; and a nearly 17,000 square foot office/retail building, 30,000-square-foot grocery store (tentatively Sprouts) and a 6,000-square-foot retail/dining building.

The Bank of North Carolina site and hotel are already under construction as part of a previously-approved plan.

As per the agreement with the planning commission, 521 Partners will create Johnston Road access to the new development, which was initially a sticking point for retail space approval. The entire space will be connected with walkable areas.

Sprouts will join a host of other health-focused markets in the area. Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market are all within 5 miles of the new planned Colinayre development.