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A new Sprouts Farmers Market is coming to Westchase

TAMPA — Specialty chain Sprouts Farmers Market is coming to Westchase, likely taking over a long-abandoned Sweetbay grocery store.

Sprouts announced on Tuesday it would open a new store on the northeast corner of Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road. Sprouts did not give an exact address of its new store, but that intersection is home to a grocery storefront built back in 2000 for the now defunct chain Kash n' Carry, Sweetbay's predecessor.

Sprouts sells a mix of natural, organic and health-focused foods with a smaller floor plan than supermarkets such as Publix.

The chain announced earlier this year plans to expand its Florida stores. It has nine in the state now and several other planned, including one in Trinity and another in Tampa at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Hunter's Green Drive.

Sprouts has not said when any of the new local stores are set to open.

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