Sprouts Market to reopen after fire

Workers clean up Sprouts Farmers Market in Mountain View following a fire on Friday. Post photo by Allison Levitsky.
Workers clean up Sprouts Farmers Market in Mountain View following a fire on Friday. Post photo by Allison Levitsky.

BY ALLISON LEVITSKY
Daily Post Staff Writer

Sprouts Farmers Market in Mountain View is set to reopen Wednesday (July 11) after an overnight refrigerator fire prompted a five-day closure, according to fire officials.

Most of the store’s 80 workers cleaned and restocked the store today (July 9) and will continue the project tomorrow.

Officials from the fire department and Sprouts’ corporate office in Phoenix said they didn’t know how the fire started or how much damage it caused.

The Santa Clara County Health Department is overseeing the process of readying the store for reopening. Many of the store’s products had to be discarded.

“It’s gonna be like a brand-new store,” one employee remarked. Pizzas were served to workers participating in the all-hands-on-deck cleanup.

Smoke in the building at 630 San Antonio Road was reported at 3:57 a.m. Friday (July 6), according to Mountain View Fire Department spokesman Robert Maitland.

Seven minutes later, firefighters from the Mountain View and Palo Alto fire departments arrived and found heavy smoke in the store and a small fire in a refrigeration unit.
The building’s sprinkler system contained the fire to the fridge, which was extinguished by 5:29 a.m.

No one was in the store at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured. Sprouts spokeswoman Kalia Pang noted that the chain’s Sunnyvale store remains open.

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