I was in the neighborhood, having just blown some money at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I needed milk. Do I want to drive to H-E-B, or do I just want to get my grocery shopping over with at Sprouts since it's right here? Sprouts won.
Walking in, I saw Sprouts for exactly what it was: Whole Foods. So I expected inflated prices. Actually, the prices seem fair on about half the items. In fact, the milk I got was only $1.99. It's over $2 at H-E-B. Score one for Sprouts! However, they didn't have much toothpaste to choose from. I was hoping for some run-of-the-mill Crest or something, but there were only specialty brands to be had at Sprouts. That bothered me. I understand carrying the specialty, green, organic, etc., brands, but can't you at least also carry one lousy tube of Colgate?? I got the cheapest brand, which cost over $5, and I didn't get a very big tube for the price. So Sprouts loses a star.
The check-out girl was helpful, especially in explaining to me how to bag up things in the bulk foods section and write the box number on it. Oops, I didn't do that. Didn't know I was supposed to. But now I know. She didn't get pissed off that she had to look up the code, and she didn't treat me like an idiot; she simply explained the process, and that was that. Much appreciated. I'll know for next time. And it's a good thing she was still watching me as I grabbed my bags and started to leave, because I almost ambled through the emergency exit. Had she not warned me, I'm sure I would have set off some awful-sounding alarms. Once again, I'll know for next time.
I certainly won't do my normal grocery shopping here because it's too expensive, and they simply don't have everything I need. But if I need something special, green, organic, etc., I might stop in here again. As it was, I got milk, toothpaste, dinner, raspberry-lime water, gummy worms, and some chocolate-covered espresso beans for $20, so that ain't too bad, methinks.