Sprouts Sonoran Creek Maricopa AZ
Sprouts Farmers Market will anchor the Sonoran Creek Marketplace according to materials prepared by the company marketing the property. Source: Phoenix Commercial Advisors

Sprouts will open in Maricopa in the fall of 2021 at the Sonoran Creek Marketplace, according to the company marketing the retail property.

And a site plan on the developer’s website indicates the grocer will anchor the new shopping plaza on the southwest corner of John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road, behind the Culver’s restaurant.

Phoenix Commercial Advisors (PCA) is seeking tenants for the “new neighborhood shopping center” that will rise on the empty field in the Heritage District. The 19-acre site will feature 85,000 square feet of retail space.

Groundbreaking is expected in October.

PCA is seeking retailers to “join Sprouts Q3 2021” at the site, where six spaces are available: 3,000 square feet, 2,400 square foot, 1,680 square feet, and two with 1,400 square feet, plus a 5,000-square-foot pad site.

Part of the description reads: “805 homes under construction (2019). 1,959 improved, shovel ready lots (2019). ±50,000 residents starved for quality restaurant options. Signalized intersection off of John Wayne Pkwy. New 347 overpass now complete!”

The listing asks interested tenants to call for lease rates.

Sonoran Creek Marketplace is a planned community retail center with a “contemporary southwestern village market” concept and will feature a major anchor tenant with flanking retail shops, mini-majors and outlying pads. Brake Masters, an auto repair shop, is at the pre-application stage for a pad in the development.

According to the site plan, Sprouts will be set far back on the property with the storefront facing John Wayne Parkway. It shows another major retailer attached to the grocery on the south side and a row of shops on the northern side. Four smaller retail spaces will be available: two along SR 347, between Culver’s and Dutch Bros, one on the northern perimeter of the site along Edison Road and another behind Dutch Bros.

Nick DeDona, a senior associate with PCA, on Monday referred questions to the developer, Thompson Thrift, an Indiana-based real estate company with an office in Phoenix. Thompson Thrift did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the project.

A request for comment to Sprouts also was not answered Monday.

In a May presentation to city council, City Manager Rick Horst said the shopping plaza would create 282 new jobs and a payroll above $10 million.

Sprouts Farmers Market is a supermarket chain based in Phoenix. Inspired by farmers markets, its history traces back to a single fruit stand in San Diego. It offers organic and natural foods, bulk foods, fresh produce, baked goods, meat and seafood. Sprouts operates 340 stores in 23 states, including 42 in Arizona. Typically, stores occupy about 30,000 square feet.

Sprouts had been whispered around town as a possible tenant in Sonoran Creek Marketplace for months.

The PCA map showing the green Sprouts logo on one of the buildings, posted Saturday in The Original City of Maricopa, AZ Page on Facebook, drew dozens of excited comments.

“This is GREAT! I’ve heard such great things about Sprouts!” wrote one woman. “Even having to wait until 3Q next year . . . I feel it’s gonna be worth it!”

“Yay!!! This is amazing news!” wrote another.

And yet another opined: “I hate Maricopa growing..BUT, Sprouts???YEEESSS.”

Across John Wayne Parkway, at the northeast corner at Honeycutt Road, PCA is marketing a ±2 acre proposed hotel site for sale and a 5,000-square-foot-plus pad next to the Maricopa Veterinary Hospital currently under construction. The hotel site is behind the Iconic Tire garage that opened recently.

The site description reads: “Trade area is experiencing tremendous activity, including the widening of John Wayne Pkwy and improved access. Banner Hospital just opened a 40,000 SF facility. New Central AZ College and Legacy Traditional Schools are now open. Maricopa City Services relocation is also under construction (56,000 SF).”

PCA, a commercial real estate services company formed in 1994. It specializes in retail commercial brokerage in the Phoenix region. The firm recently worked on a Sprouts-anchored retail center in Mesa that opened in June.

Thompson Thrift’s retail unit is focused on ground-up mixed-use and retail development and leasing, according to the company’s website.