Fresh foods are the main attraction for Sprouts Farmers Market, a popular grocery chain that will be coming as part of a planned development just west of the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale.

PALMDALE — Residents interested in learning more about a proposed commercial and residential development near the Antelope Valley Mall and anchored by a Sprouts Farmers Marker are invited to a pair of community open house meetings this week.

The free informational meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at David G. Millen Middle School, 39221 22nd St. West.

During these meetings, the project development team will present details of the planned mixed-use center and answer residents’ questions.

City officials announced the future arrival of the Sprouts store and center in April, after real estate company CBRE announced the agreement with the grocer.

The Arizona-based grocery chain, with an existing 119 outlets in California, including Valencia, offers “fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices,” according to the company website.

Sprouts will be part of a development at the northwest corner of Rancho Vista Boulevard and 15th Street West, across the street to the west of the Antelope Valley Mall.

It is proposed as a pedestrian-oriented center, with upscale apartments in addition to the commercial components.

“We’re really excited about the mix of product that’s going to be there,” adding to much-needed housing stock, Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer said when the project was announced.

The project is still in the midst of the planning process with city staff, with city public hearings on the development yet to be held.

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