I don’t mean to start another Trader Joe’s style beg-fest thread, but according to a DM reader, Sprouts Farmer’s Market out of California may soon “take Atlanta by storm”. An article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle last October documented Sprouts move east and recent scouting around Atlanta…
Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Markets LLC is scouting sites in the area, according to people familiar with the company’s expansion efforts.
The grocer recently was named No. 1 on a list of 100 “hot” retailers (ranked by sales growth) from Stores Media, the publishing arm of the National Retail Federation.
It seems like every larger scale mixed use development in Decatur starts out by talking about adding a “grocery store”, but the next question is always “Which one?” Publix and Kroger are already rather prevalent in the area and Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have made it clear that the area doesn’t work for them. Perhaps Sprouts could be the answer. Or perhaps not…
The chain is focused on entering upper income areas. Cities along Georgia 400, such as Sandy Springs, Alpharetta or Roswell, and along the Peachtree Industrial Boulevard corridor, including Chamblee, Johns Creek or Duluth, could be targeted, insiders say. The target demographic is people ages 25 and older, especially the Gen Y consumer.
I guess we’ll see!
OK, so tomorrow is the 3rd annual official “Small Business Saturday”, created by American Express back in 2010 to give small businesses the exposure at the height of the holiday shopping season. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of it (read: get the most free/discounted stuff while supporting local businesses)
If you have an American Express card, GO HERE right now and register your card. Then when you spend $25 or more at a local business around Decatur or elsewhere tomorrow (and tomorrow ONLY), you will receive a $25 credit on your Amex statement some time in the next 8 weeks.
(You may want to steer clear of using Amex’s “Find out where to shop” map. It’s still got “El Tesoro” as a “Buy Local” option, along with some other shops that have never existed!)
And don’t forget, the City of Decatur has gotten on the Small Business Saturday bandwagon this year too, with events on Decatur Square and in Harmony park tomorrow. Also, the city is offering shoppers a $20 gift card to a local Decatur restaurant if you bring in at least $200 in November receipts from Decatur shops to the 2nd floor of city hall.
Ripped from The Decatur Minute…
• Boogaloos After Thanksgiving Day Sale. 30 percent off all full price merchandise from 9am-1pm and 15 percent off all full price merchandise after 1pm through Sunday, Nov. 25.
• At Decatur CD, Black Friday means independent-record-store-only releases. Click here for a full list.
• Boutique Karma’s Black Friday Sale lasts through Nov. 25, 25 percent off the entire store.
Small Business Saturday
11am-5pm on the Square
Do your holiday shopping in Decatur and bring your local purchases to the Decatur tent on the square to get them wrapped for free! There will be holiday music, five minute massages, Keep It Indie-Catur gift basket raffles, free college football face tattoos, candy, and live musical performances around town.
1-4pm Harmony Park, Oakhurst
Bring your dog with you to Harmony Park in Oakhurst from 1-4pm to get a holiday pet portrait made.
Remember to save your receipts! Spend $200 at city of Decatur shops in the month of November, then bring them to the square on Small Business Saturday or to the second floor of City Hall during the week and get a $20 gift card from a Decatur restaurant while supplies last.
Are you another Decatur-area businesses offering deals after Thanksgiving? Though we don’t usually allow advertising in the comments section, as a late November gift to Decatur’s business community, feel free to tell us all about your offerings and specials this weekend in the comments section below!
Photo courtesy of Jo
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