Sprout’s Farmers Market will open its Cape Coral store Wednesday Oct. 5 but is putting off a grand opening ceremony scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7.
A spokesperson for the chain says in an email that the new location will have “an assortment of essential items” on hand including fresh produce, non-perishable grocery items, dairy products and vitamins and supplements.
The long-awaited store at 1800 NE Pine Island Road was scheduled to open with a ribbon-cutting at 6:45 a.m. Friday with doors opening to customers 15 minutes later. The ceremony, according to the spokesperson, has been postponed.
A second Sprout’s location, this one on South Tamiami Trail, was temporarily closed and is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Oct. 4, according to the chain’s website.
Cape Coral and Estero, like much of Southwest Florida, saw widespread damage caused by Hurricane Ian. The damage has left many without power and supply chains clogged.
Like all grocery chains in the area, Sprout’s was forced to close stores in the hurricane’s path on Sept. 27.
Phoenix-based Sprouts is one of the largest and fastest growing specialty retailers of fresh, natural and organic food in the United States. It operates about 380 stores in 23 states nationwide, including 35 in Florida.
The Cape Coral store is expected to employ 100.
This story has been updated to include a new opening date.