PHOENIX — Independent natural food chains Sprouts Farmers Market and Sunflower Farmers Market on Friday said they have reached a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will operate 139 stores under the Sprouts Farmers Market name and will have approximately 10,000 employees and approaching $2 billion in annual sales. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed. The addition of Sunflower’s 35 stores ...
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