By Bob McGovern | InMaricopa
The August opening of Sprouts Farmers Market in Maricopa drew a day-long throng of thousands.
It was, perhaps, a standard turnout as Sprouts openings go, according to a company official, with a couple hundred people turning out early in the morning for a ribbon-cutting and to get a first look at the long-awaited, 23,000-square-foot, upscale supermarket that anchors the new Sonoran Creek Marketplace shopping plaza.
But another, smaller segment of the crowd caught the attention of Nathan Steele, who was attending the festivities in his role as the city’s director of economic development.
There among the city’s elected leaders, invited guests and 150-or-so excited shoppers who queued up to be among the first in the store were several presidents and executives of commercial real estate companies representing nationally known franchises.
“They saw the crowd and they saw the line,” Steele said. “They were excited to bring their clients to Maricopa.”