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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) February 20, 2020

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

5455 E. High Street, Suite 111

Phoenix, Arizona 85054

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

(480) 814-8016

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class


Trading Symbol(s)

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered


Common Stock, $0.001 par value


NASDAQ Global Select Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Appointment of Doug G. Rauch to the Board of Directors

On February 20, 2020, Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the appointment of Doug. G. Rauch to its Board of Directors effective February 25, 2020, as a Class I director with a term expiring at the Company’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders.  Mr. Rauch will serve on the Audit Committee of the Board.

Mr. Rauch will participate in the standard compensation plan for the Company’s independent directors, including eligibility to receive equity grants pursuant to the Company’s 2013 Incentive Plan, as described in the Company’s proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 18, 2019. Mr. Rauch will also enter into the Company’s form of director and officer indemnification agreement, included as Exhibit 10.9 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 21, 2019.  

There are no related party transactions between the Company and Mr. Rauch that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.  There is no arrangement or understanding pursuant to which Mr. Rauch was elected as a director. The size of the Board of Directors will increase from seven to eight members.


On February 20, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Rauch to its Board of Directors. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.














Press release of Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., dated February 20, 2020, entitled “Sprouts Farmers Market Adds Doug Rauch to its Board of Directors”






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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.








Date: February 20, 2020




/s/ Brandon F. Lombardi





Brandon F. Lombardi





Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary



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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EX-99.1)


Exhibit 99.1





Investor Contact:

Media Contact:

Susannah Livingston

Diego Romero

(602) 682-1584

(602) 682-3173

[email protected]

[email protected]



PHOENIX, Ariz. – (Globe Newswire) – February 20, 2020 – Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFM) today announced the addition of Doug Rauch to its board of directors, effective February 25, 2020.

“We are thrilled to add Doug to our board of directors,” said Jack Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market. “Doug is a seasoned grocery veteran whose decades of experience at one of the most well-regarded retailers in the industry will be invaluable to our company as we continue to develop our long-term strategy.”

Rauch spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, including 14 years as a president. Rauch was instrumental in Trader Joe’s growth from nine stores in California to a national chain, as well as the development of its prized buying philosophy and creation of its unique private label food program. Rauch also founded and serves as president of Daily Table, an innovative retail concept designed to bring affordable nutrition to the food insecure in Boston’s inner city. Rauch was also a founding board member and chief executive officer of Conscious Capitalism Inc., an organization dedicated to the practice of business as a force for good, where he continues to serve as a board member. Rauch currently serves on the board of directors of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), a leading provider of point-of-sale technology solutions to restaurants and retail outlets.

“I am pleased to join the Sprouts board at this exciting time,” said Rauch. “Sprouts shares my beliefs of making healthy living affordable to everyday grocery shoppers and conducting its business in a way that is also good for the planet, and I look forward to working with the board and management team to help guide the company’s path forward.”

Corporate Profile

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., one the fastest-growing retailers in the country, has made healthy living accessible to shoppers for nearly two decades by offering affordable, fresh, natural and organic products. True to its farmers market heritage, Sprouts is known for pioneering its unique grocery model by offering a welcoming store layout featuring fresh produce at the center of the store, an expansive bulk foods section, and a vitamin department focused on overall wellness. Sprouts also offers a unique assortment of healthier products with special attributes, such as plant-based, gluten-free, keto-friendly, and grass-fed, to meet the growing and diverse needs of today’s consumer. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Sprouts employs more than 30,000 team members and operates approximately 340 stores in 22 states from coast to coast. Visit for more information.

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ


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