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 — Palmdale residents will see the addition of a “long-awaited, highly desired grocery chain,” as officials announced plans to include a Sprouts Farmers Market to anchor a proposed development in the city’s major retail corridor.

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.

Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer broke the news publicly of the development on social media Friday, after real estate company CBRE announced the agreement with the grocer.

“We’re really excited about this. It kind of takes things to the next step,” Hofbauer said Monday.  

The store will be part of a planned development on the northwest corner of 15th Street West and Rancho Vista Boulevard, west of the Antelope Valley Mall.

The mixed-use development will include commercial and residential components, including townhouses and apartments.

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

The other commercial entities have not yet been announced, but the anchor of Sprouts should help attract other businesses to that site and elsewhere.

“Sprouts makes a statement. That’s just the first step,” Hofbauer said. “I’m very optimistic about the other possibilities.”

The developers have been working with city planners on the project for about a year, and submitted an application on March 4, according to Palmdale spokesman John Mlynar. The planning process is still ongoing, with public hearings on the development yet to be held.

The Sprouts announcement lays to rest some of the many rumors about the development that have been swirling around the site, Hofbauer said.

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