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Sprouts Farmers Market confirmed on December 5, 2013 in a written statement that they ban guns:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores.  Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms.  That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our customers and team members.  That’s why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises.  While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.

We hope that you will continue to be a part of the Sprouts family notwithstanding our decision on this issue.  We value your patronage and hope to see you again soon.
Sincerely,

Stephanie
Sprouts Farmers Market
Customer Relations Specialist

Contact Them:

http://sprouts.com/contact

Sprouts Farmers Market
Corporate Office
11811 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 2400
Phoenix, AZ 85028

By Phone

Main Line: 480-814-8016
Toll Free: 1-888-5-SPROUT
(1-888-577-7688)
Fax: 480-814-8017

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51 Comments

  1. Just bring your throwing axe inside with you …

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  2. Loved this store but no guns means only criminals will carry. Which means I will shop somewhere else. You just lost another customer.

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  3. I really enjoy eating healthy foods. I liked the unique products that Sprouts offers, and their product mix is different from Whole Foods (which I also liked). From the first week Sprouts newest stores opened in the Houston metro area I had been a weekly shopper — mostly either on my way to work (Copperfield) or during my lunch hour (Cinco Ranch). I don’t use firearms, in fact, I don’t like them at all! But I knew there are thousands of well-trained, well-armed citizens in Houston and throughout Texas (unlike California). So I relied on the fact that criminals would have to play russian roulette not knowing which person was able to defend themselves and which wasn’t.

    But when the Sprouts stores declared that they are all “gun free zones” I was afraid to shop there anymore. I suddenly felt like a sitting duck. And I stopped shopping at Sprouts cold-turkey (pun intended)

    Back to Krogers! Thankfully Kroger’s had already started carrying some of the unique or similar products that I had been shopping at Sprouts for.

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  4. Unless you check everyone at the door you can be sure criminals will not leave their guns outside and you can be sure concealed carry holders will not either. I don’t know anyone who pays any attention to those signs unless there is a cop at a scanner at the door. Your policy might give some people a sense of safety in the store although it will not be for good reasons.

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    • If concealed carry holders carry their gun where isn’t is not permitted – then that would make those concealed gun owners criminals too. And after all that talk about concealed gun carriers being law-abiding. Tak-tsk.

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      • Danielle Levins

        Those signs are legally only aimed at Open Carry. A permitted concealed carry individual can legally walk right past that sign with their firearm on their person (concealed), and no one will be the wiser, however, it does not turn the CCP carrier into a criminal.

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  5. The ‘canned’ answers are OK, but be sure to check all of your state requirements that apply … as an example, the State of Missouri REQUIRES that a sign prohibiting conceal-carry MUST be a minimum size of 11 by 16 INCHES, with 1 INCH block letters forbidding firearms in the establishment.

    Technically speaking, according to Missouri State Statutes, a sign that is not that size or larger does not meet the code insofar as the state regulation, so such a sign technically does not exist. Most businesses (in particular, a local gas station has a business-card size logo on its door), do not meet this standard and by Missouri statues, the sign is not valid. Interestingly, our local city locations have non-conforming signs at all of their locations and they are routinely ignored for not meeting the State criteria for CCW Signs, as they are far too small and have ZERO WORDS (NO 1 inch block letters).

    Be wise, Be smart, Be informed. Stay safe, be legal.

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  6. Here is a copy of the letter that I am mailing (certified) to Mr. Maredia today. If he chooses to reply I will let folks know what he says…

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    Mr. Amin Maredia, CEO
    Sprouts Farmers Market
    5455 E High Street, #111
    Phoenix, AZ 85054
    480-814-8016

    Dear Mr. Maredia,

    My wife and I reside with our children just north of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and have been regular customers of Sprouts Farmers Market for over a decade. We love your store concept, your produce, your natural meats, and your wine. We used to shop at the store on Preston Road in Plano, until the location on Legacy Drive opened (it is closer to our home). Then the store on North Custer Road in McKinney opened, and we were thrilled, because it is closer still to our rural home.

    However, about three or four months ago, your Custer Road location posted legal notice that firearms, either concealed or unconcealed, are not welcome in your establishment, by way of an official Texas Penal Code 30.06 and 30.07 sign. Both my wife and I are responsible, licensed gun carriers, and we are personally offended that a business in which we have shopped regularly (and carried a licensed firearm in regularly) for over ten years now gives us notice that we are no longer welcome because we carry our firearms on our persons each and every day, and do not wish to be without them.

    Your corporate website, under the heading ‘Responsible Retailing’, states, “We look to partner with suppliers that align with our culture of valuing environmental systems, respecting human rights, and protecting animal welfare.” I would submit to you that there is no greater human right than the right of self-defense, which is recognized in the United States by Amendment #2 of the US Constitution. I would further submit to you that by posting a legal notice that firearms are not permitted in your businesses, you are advertising to the criminal community that the law-abiding citizens who enter your premises are without the means to protect themselves.

    Many of our nation’s founding fathers stated this fact on numerous occasions, to numerous persons. In fact, Thomas Jefferson authored a book on common law in which he stated, “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776.

    Even though I do not agree with them, I can understand justifiable reasons for not wanting firearms openly carried in a business in today’s society, so as to not disturb other citizens who are not comfortable with firearms. However, I see absolutely no justifiable reason for prohibiting concealed carry, especially in States such as Texas which make available a path for training and licensing the firearm owner.

    We would very much appreciate a reply with your thoughts on this matter. In the meanwhile, we will do our shopping at Kroger, whose management supports the rights of licensed firearm owners and welcomes their business.

    Awaiting your response, we remain,

    Sincerely,

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  7. Joe Bob Unarmed

    I am moving all my food business to Sprouts after a lifetime of shopping at Kroger.

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  8. I see no problem for the grocery store to prohibit firearms. Guns as a tool wont be needed to kill any game for meat. The meat is processed. Guns have purposes they are not for show.
    Thank you Sprouts for your stance on this issue. I will be boycotting the markets that allow gun display.

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    • It’s not about hunting, it’s never been about hunting. It’s about having the means to defend ourselves. Would you declaw a cat? If a person tries to remove a person’s right to carry a weapon, they are basically saying “your safety means nothing to me.” I’ll continue to shop at Kroger.

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      • Learn to fight you weak human. The reason u have a gun is so I don’t dominate you and spit in your face. I wouldn’t even Rob you. Just bully you.

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  9. Dear Uniformed Sprouts management Team,
    Your carefully thought out decision to remove guns from your establishment;
    will actually do the opposite. Instead of making it safer it will make it more dangerous
    to your customers. 911 and many other mass killings would have never occurred if the villain knew he may have someone shooting back. Gun free zones attract terrorists and
    mass murderers because they know that no one else but them will have a gun; and they are free to impart their will what ever it may be. I’m very surprised that i would have to even take my time to point this out to your management team. It would be better to have chimpanzees make major decisions in your company because at the very least by odds they would be right half the time.
    It is no longer safe to shop in your store; so I will be shopping else where.

    James Willson

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    • There are so many cases that contradict your assertion that it is rather bold or dumb to keep asserting it. How many secret service and police around Pres Reagan had guns yet did not prevent the shooting of the president? Plus ten thousand other examples.

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      • Thats dumb… If weapons were useless in protecting presidents, don’t you think they would do away with them? How stupid. So airbags and seatbelts are ineffective because deaths still occut. Gun haters simply cannot use reason.

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    • James, I agree and support your decision. What these uneducated people don’t understand is that in the near future,they will carrying guns themselves, or hiding. I will NEVER shop at sprouts again, unless THEY change their policy. until today, I would normally be in there 2-3 times a month if not more. I cannot feel safe shopping there knowing that someone could attack me or anyone else in this store and I have no way to defend myself and those around me, so therefore I have no other choice but to not shop at your store.

      Thank You
      Darryl Knieff

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  10. If you go into sprouts farmers market and you are authorized to carry a concealed weapon then who besides you will know you have a weapon when you are in the store. So, just go about your business and shop with your concealed weapon. Why complain so someone at the store about a sign that they have no control over. Unless you are just trying to pick a figh which most people that are certified to carry a weapon don’t do. Doesn’t make sense to me. Leave well enough alone and keep your opinions and your concealed weapon to yourself until someone asks for it.

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    • True but it still is the law that if you are requested to leave or not carry in a store, you are breaking the law. They still have lost my families 800 or so a month grocery money. I chose Kroger now. They actually are fighting for our rights. They have started to carry the same organic items and more so I’m not losing anything. Sorry Sprouts. You don’t want my family to be safe so you decided to make Sprouts a gun free zone and no one will carry a gun in your store…. accept someone knowingly breaking the law. And from where I stand that’s not a good thing.

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    • Again- encouraging concealed gun carriers to break the law makes a concealed gun carrier a criminal.

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  11. The issue is this: in my private home, I am allowed to tell you NOT to bring a weapon into my home, concealed or otherwise. That does NOT mean I do not support the second amendment right to bear arms, I just don’t want them in my HOME. That is MY Constitutional right. Sprouts is a private business that does not want guns in their “home”. Neither Sprouts, nor I, are infringing on anyone’s right to bear arms. It does not weaken the second amendment, they are not saying don’t ever carry a concealed weapon anywhere, just not in their stores. I RESPECT those that uphold the second amendment. That is not the issue here, it is not being violated. In fact, the issue which is equally as important is a private entity’s right to govern their private home or business. While not specifically stated in the constitution, it is reasonably argued that it is a ninth amendment right. Do you want someone to be able to lawfully tell you they can bring whatever they please into your private residence, home or storefront? I certainly hope not.
    What began as an important need to defend against unlawful militia, has evolved into a beligerant desire to be able to carry a gun 100% of the time, and anyone who doesn’t want to be around it is somehow a horrible, ignorant liberal. Ridiculous. End of the day: the Sprouts I go into in north Texas is PACKED. REALLY NICE to know there is somewhere I can go in Texas WITHOUT guns, to have a CHOICE.
    And I also respect your right to boycott that business. I do not understand the boycott, but it is your right, and I don’t have to understand it for that right to be upheld. What a great country in which we live!

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    • You are absolutely correct they have the right to do as they please. They have the right to say you can only drive electric cars to park in their lot too. But at the end of the day this is not a militia issue its a safety issue. And we have different opinions. That’s what makes this country great. I and many others just would like it to be a safe place to work and shop. And like sandy hook or any other mass shooting location they were all gun free zones. But people pack those places and people loved their school. But at the end of the day they were shot because some mentally ill idiot was able to go in (where no guns were allowed) and kill many people.

      Our country is great because our founding fathers put together great laws but they are now being eroded. Last thing here is that I am aware that the idiots that wanted the open carry were parading around Texas and carrying their rifles in places like sprouts, Starbucks and Whole foods and I wasn’t happy about that either. Just wish Sprouts hadn’t overreacted. But that’s ok. On to Kroger I go. No big deal.

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    • Sprouts is not a private home. It is a business opened to the public which means any mass murderer, terrorists, whatever can walk in and start killing people. I bet if your children were being shot at, you would have wished that the rules were a little different. I noticed in this great country, that my fellow countrymen have to be slaughtered, or at least family members slaughtered before we learn anything, even though it has happened many times. When will you sheep ever learn?

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    • I would agree that a business should have a right to deny service except now that is not the case. The homosexual agenda and transgenders will sue if you deny them service. Ask the bakers who got sued and it destroyed them. If you can’t deny service any more for that reason. You should not be able to deny service for all.

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  12. I refuse to enter any establishment that advertises that guns are not allowed. They might as well say, crazy people, come here if you want to kill people because there is no one here to stop you!

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  13. Employees use a B-B Gun for all the rats in Plano. Too many rats to count.

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  14. Your contact link for Sprouts does not work. Please correct it so we can continues to let them know how much we dislike them and their policies. A true American has no place for them.

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  15. After hearing this, Sprouts will never get another dollar from me. I’m afraid to be in a store that openly declares that law abiding citizens with concealed carry can’t be in the store. That leaves only the criminals to be armed and they pay no attention to the stupid liberals sign… and police are always ten minutes away and arrive after the criminal has killed everybody. No more Sprouts for me until they change their ways.

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  16. I too was shocked when I saw the “NO FIREARMS” sign at my local (Dunwoody, GA) store. Too bad because I have been a loyal customer since they opened. Oh well, back to Kroger and Publix for me.

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  17. “a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms”

    Really, that doesn’t work for other “rights” such as discrimination…. This is discriminating against lawful (concealed) carry. States like Utah USE to have laws allowing the enforce-ability of posting such signs, but the were repealed a while back. Although Utah is an open carry state, I think the guy in Layton was a complete MORON and did way more harm than good carrying his AR on his back at JCP.

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  18. Although I do not own a gun I am very pro – gun rights. I hope those of you who do are around when I need help.

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  19. NM_Libertarian

    My email to Sprouts:: (follow me on twitter @NM_Libertarian and tell me you saw this)

    I have previously been given the canned response at the end of this message.
    This is my open letter to Sprouts Farmers Market:

    I have no problem with private businesses banning Open Carry of firearms in their stores.
    That’s fine. Open Carry startles some people and it’s a political move.

    I DO have a problem with “No Guns” and “No Weapons” signs on the doors of companies that may seek to ban visible weapons, yet actually prohibit the 1%-5% of a population that carries concealed from lawful entry.

    Only law-abiding individuals will heed the signage and disarm. Individuals or groups intent on committing far more serious crimes, such as armed robbery will not be deterred by signage prohibiting weapons. Further, the reasoning follows that those wishing to commit robbery or other violent crimes might intentionally choose gun-free venues because the population inside is disarmed and thus less able to stop them.

    In your canned response you state “That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our customers and team members.”

    Actually, considering how easy it is to find acts of violence at/near Sprouts stores… it looks like your gun policy creates shoppers who cannot choose to defend themselves, and thugs who know that are willing to exploit and victimize shoppers:
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Encinitas-Sprouts-Robbed-San-Diego-138042258.html
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23624988/walnut-creek-man-robbed-at-knifepoint-outside-sprouts
    http://elkgrove.news10.net/news/life/181193-sprouts-farmers-market-robbed
    http://www.sunnews.org/crime/woman-robbed-in-sprouts-parking-lot/
    http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news/20110930/woman-robbed-of-jewelry-in-seal-beach-market-lot
    http://www.oc-breeze.com/2011/09/29/3119_robbert-at-sprouts-parking-lot/

    Did you know that concealed carry citizens have a LOWER crime rate than law enforcement officers and FAR lower incidents of violence than the general public? (TX Study)

    Did you know that a concealed carry holder has to be able to prove ALL of the following are true:

    They’ve never been convicted of “any felony offense punishable for a term exceeding one (1) year”.
    They’ve never been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
    They’ve never been convicted of the offense of stalking.
    They were not under indictment at the time they applied for a CCW.
    They were not the subject of an order of protection at the time they applied for a CCW.
    They haven’t had a DUI in the past five years or two or more DUIs in the past 10 years
    They haven’t been under treatment for or hospitalized for addiction to drugs or alcohol in the past 10 years.
    They’ve never been adjudicated as mentally defective.
    They’ve never been discharged from the military under dishonorable conditions (“dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge or other than honorable discharge Chapter 1340-2-5-.02 (5)”).
    They’ve never renounced their U.S. citizenship.
    They’ve never received social security disability benefits “by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability.”

    Concealed Carry Citizens are some of the most outstanding citizens in this country, and you actively prevent us from entering your store for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON other than to quiet vocally-ignorant gun-hysteria groups.

    I’m sure that at the most I’ll get another canned response, likely matching the one I have included below.
    That is why I will be posting this as an open letter.

    Previous Sprouts Canned Response:
    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores. Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms. That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our customers and team members. That’s why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises. While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.
    We hope that you will continue to be a part of the Sprouts family notwithstanding our decision on this issue. We value your patronage and hope to see you again soon.

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  20. I was so shocked when I saw the sign at the Sprouts in Lubbock, TX last week! I am pretty good at checking signs when I walk in, so I’m sure it was the first time it was there. I contacted them via email today and got the form letter that everybody gets – which concludes with how they’ve received a positive response from the communities. I was hoping it would go directly to the manager in Lubbock – which has been a conservative, pro-second amendment city until now. We have very few stores that sell good-quality produce at reasonable prices in Lubbock but I guess I will just have to pay more because I will certainly not be shopping at Sprouts anymore!

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  21. I have shopped at the Sprouts store on Broadway in Tucson a couple times as we are new to the area. This time I noticed their anti-gun sign posted on the doors. My wife and I turned around and left to finish our shopping at Trader Joe’s. The reason we did not go into Sprouts is because we are both CCW holders and the sign indicates the store is a “gun free zone.” Today, I called the manager of that store to register a complaint but he acted like he was just ‘following orders’ and there was nothing he could do about it. I informed him we would not be shopping at any Sprouts again until they realize that they are making a big mistake in a state like AZ which has a very pro-second amendment attitude and laws. He was not impressed! Trader Joe’s is a bit farther drive but we will be doing our grocery business with them from now on.

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  22. Dr Allen Carrigo

    I have waited to comment about this new anti- concealed handgun policy. I wanted some time to rationally think about this. If this store wishes to enact this new policy, that is within their purview. However, my wife and I will no longer shop at Sprouts which is within our purview. As someone else stated earlier, it is a shame because we did enjoy Sprouts but so be it.

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  23. Just received the following form letter response from Sprouts. They have lost several customers in the Plano area and it is growing.

    Dear Mr. Lynn,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores. Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms.
    That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to address concerns of a majority of our customers and team members. That’s why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises.
    While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.

    Sincerely,

    Raquel
    Customer Relation Specialist
    Sprouts Farmers Market

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  24. I whole heatedly support Sprouts in their effort to creat a safe (and sane) shopping environment. I personally don’t “get” the whole gun mania thing. As an ex-NYer and ex-CA girl, now living in TX, it baffles me why boys still want to play with guns. There’s a time and place for them and in the grocery store is not the right time or place.

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    • Please, move back to CA or NY. First of all, little miss liberal, we do not PLAY with guns. They are for defense. What your statement tells anyone with a brain is that YOU, PERSONALLY, have no business with any sort of firearm because you are too stupid to have one. You’d probably shoot yourself. Not such a big loss, when you consider the ignorance you seem to grovel in.

      Secondly, it’s none of your business if someone carries a concealed weapon. It’s THEIR RIGHT. But tell you what. If you EVER get into a situation in which someone who is legally carrying a concealed weapon could possibly help you or keep you from getting injured, you make sure you scream REAL LOUD “Don’t help me! I don’t support your “playing with guns” and I don’t want your help!”

      Somehow I think your hypocrisy might just about kill you at that point. SMH.

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      • Spidey – you are being quite rude and not exhibiting the mature behavior one would hope a concealed gun carrier would exhibit. And the idea that people who do not agree with you should leave is quite un-American.

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    • Cathy, as a former Marine, someone who has a ccw, someone that trains with local law enforcement, and goes to the range regularly I find it very offensive to think that I “play” with guns. If living in Texas makes you feel this way then maybe NY or Ca is the states for you. Another thing, I am a man not a boy, if you don’t know the difference then thats on you…

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    • I refuse to enter any establishment that advertises that guns are not allowed. They might as well say, crazy people, come here if you want to kill people because there is no one here to stop you!

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    • I would not have said as an ex-NYer and an ex-CA girl if I were you. Because the remainder of the comment meant nothing after that. LOL it explains everything.

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      • Aren’t CA and NY the states with the most restrictive gun control laws. Oh yeah, it has done wonders with the murder rate. Murder rates not that high with states who allow citizens to carry guns. Great point, after she said she was an ex- CA and ex- NY, nothing after that mattered………..libtard………

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  25. My wife and I just took our weekly trip into Sprouts when I came across the 30.06 sign today. I was so sickened by their stupidity toward law abiding legal gun ownership that I walked up to the manager and asked for the number to corporate. He proceeded to asked me why and I politely told him that we will no longer be shopping here because of the newly placed anti gun sign in the front window. Waiting for him to disagree with me and deal out the typical manager BS he smiled and said he placed his call into corporate yesterday complaining about the same sign. He is a CHL holder and carries when and where ever possible when he’s not working. He encouraged me to place a call into corporate and thanked me for approaching him about it. We have good people working in these anti gun stores in Texas and need the pro 2nd amendment community to place a call into corporate and politely voice our complaint, after all we are the good guys. I will call first thing monday morning and educate them on their stupidity. After all, Texas woman love to shop and love to carry concealed. Target and Walmart will gladly except the new influx of pro 2nd amendment money… and with the overwhelming crime statistics on Walmart properties around the country, I will quietly carry concealed for my family and my communities safety.

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  26. Or just keep carrying your firearm in there legally since you will only be breaking the stores policy and not the law.

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    • Be careful with that logic (you know, logic is just about against the law anymore), Damien. It got a man killed outside a Costco store in Las Vegas a couple of years back. (Erik Scott) Just keep your hands up when the police show up. : )

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  27. Just sent them this:Although not currently living in Texas, I still have family in the area. I will be encouraging them to move their business elsewhere since you have bowed to the anti-gun rhetoric “That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our customers and team members.” Really, how would anyone in your store even know if I was carrying a firearm? It is concealed, by definition that means you cannot see it! That being said, I will never again frequent your store and will encourage my many friends in the area to do the same. My choice to be able to defend my self, my family or even an innocent bystander cannot be negated by your stupid acquiescence to the antigun lobby who would have you believe that guns are dangerous. A side arm in the hands of a law abiding citizen is no more dangerous than a fork or a knife at your dinning room table.

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