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Old 09-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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Hello all,

Just curious what your thoughts are on Sunflower Markets vs. Whole Foods?

What do you think about the quality and the prices?

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:08 PM
Location: PA/FL/UT
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Whole Foods is over priced in my opinion, but their products are decent. I don't think I've been to Sunflower.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:15 PM
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Disclaimer: I haven't been to either in Utah, but we had both in Vegas.

Whole Foods has a WAY better variety, and noticeably better quality. You'll find slightly better pricing at Sunflower, but you're getting gouged on either compared to a standard grocery chain. So between the two, I much prefer Whole Foods.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:39 PM
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I liked the Sunflower on 700 East and maybe 300 S. They had some things WF didn't have and their prices were better.

A very picky friend of mine started going to SF when it opened there. She said the quality was as good but the prices better.

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:11 PM
Location: Draper, Utah
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Whole Foods is more expensive. They do have more to pick from.

Sunflower has been bought out by Sprouts. They selection is different now. I LOVED Sprouts when we were living in Arizona. I am truly excited to have a Sprouts in SLC now. Their produce is a great price, and really good quality. I like their freshly baked breads as well. Fantastic.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:08 PM
Location: Utah
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Never been to Whole Foods. Been shopping at Sunflower in Murray since it opened (I think). I buy all my beef, chicken and pork there as well as produce. Wish they'd have some "tasters" days where you could taste some of their products.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:58 PM
Location: Downtown Salt Lake City
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Sprouts (formerly known as "Sunflower") has some great deals at times.

For example, this weekend the 72 hour sale has store-made bratwurst for $1.99 lb., boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $1.69, sweet white corn for 5 for $1, and Colby longhorn cheese for $2.99 lb.. In my opinion, it's tough, if not impossible, to beat those prices.

Of course, as anywhere, if you don't buy items on sale, you may pay "through the nose."

And, for what it's worth, I've never seen prices this low at Whole Foods, anytime.

As far as the quality, I don't think there is any difference in the meats, dairy, non-perishables, etc., and as for the produce, well, I think anyplace can have some "sketchy" stuff, so you have to shop carefully anywhere.

And, no, I don't work at Sprouts!
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:19 PM
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I've only been to the SF Market across from Fashion Place mall and I hated it. I could never find what I was looking for and I felt the fruit was horrible quality. I've gotten some great sales at Whole Foods and only go there for specific things. I'm pretty happy with my local Smiths but won't go out of my way for a SF Market.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:14 AM
Location: Draper, Utah
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Just to clarify. I have been to Sunflower, and to Sunflower converted and bought out, and turned into Sprouts. The selection at Sprouts is awesome. No comparison to the previous Sunflower Market.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:11 PM
Location: SLC
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I too would like to put in a positive word for Sprouts. We just moved here - and have looked at nearly all options. Our choice has ended up being a combination of Sprouts and Whole Foods. FYI - Dan's and Smith's are closer to us, but we prefer Sprouts a great deal more...
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