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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) August 1, 2019

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)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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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

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).

Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  




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


On August 1, 2019, Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Jim Nielsen, its President and Chief Operating Officer, who has been on a temporary medical leave of absence from the Company, will transition to the position of Senior Advisor effective immediately and continuing until March 31, 2020 after which his employment with the Company will cease. As Senior Advisor, Mr. Nielsen will perform duties assigned to him by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.  


In connection with Mr. Nielsen’s transition to Senior Advisor, the Company and Mr. Nielsen entered into an agreement (the “Employment Transition Agreement”) on August 1, 2019 that provides for, among other things, continuation of Mr. Nielsen’s current base salary through March 31, 2020, payment of a specified 2019 bonus, eligibility to continue to vest in his outstanding stock-based awards and continuation of his participation in the Company’s benefit plans. Following Mr. Nielsen’s service as Senior Advisor, Mr. Nielsen will receive his base salary and health coverage reimbursement for a one-year period, provided that Mr. Nielsen complies with the terms of his Confidentiality, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement, among other conditions described in the Employment Transition Agreement.


A copy of the Employment Transition Agreement is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this report and is incorporated herein by reference. The foregoing description of the Employment Transition Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Employment Transition Agreement.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits. 












Employment Transition Agreement, dated August 1, 2019, by and between Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. and Jim Nielsen




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: August 1, 2019




/s/ Brandon F. Lombardi





Brandon F. Lombardi





Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary


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Section 2: EX-10.1 (EX-10.1)


Exhibit 10.1


5455 East High Street, Suite 111

Phoenix, Arizona 85054


August 1, 2019


Jim Nielsen

c/o Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.

5455 East High Street, Suite 111

Phoenix, Arizona 85054


Re:  Employment Transition


Dear Jim:


This will confirm our discussions regarding changes to your employment status with Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, the “Company”).  All of these changes will be effective August 1, 2019 (the “Effective Date”).




Change in Position/Title. On the Effective Date, you will no longer serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, and will assume the position of Senior Advisor.  As Senior Advisor, you will have the powers and duties as may be assigned to you from time to time by the Chief Executive Officer.




Employment.  You will remain employed through March 31, 2020 (the “Separation Date”), at which time your employment with the Company will end.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may terminate your employment prior to the Separation Date if it has Cause to do so.  For purposes hereof, Cause shall have the meaning as set forth in Section 4.4(a)(i) of the Employment Agreement between you and the Company dated April 18, 2011, as the same has since been amended from time to time (the Employment Agreement together with any amendments thereto hereinafter referred to as the “Employment Agreement”), as well as any material breach of this agreement.








During the remainder of your employment as Senior Advisor, you will continue to be paid your base salary at the current rate of $715,000 per annum, and you will continue to participate in the Company’s benefit plans.  




You will be paid $320,000 in respect of your 2019 annual bonus.  Such bonus will be paid as and when 2019 bonuses are normally paid, provided you are not terminated for Cause prior to such payment date. You will not be entitled to any bonus in respect of 2020.




You will continue to vest in your currently outstanding stock-based awards through March 31, 2020. Notwithstanding Section 5 below, this agreement does not modify or otherwise change the grant agreements relating to your existing stock-based awards except as set forth in the preceding sentence.




During the one year period following the Separation Date, you will be entitled to

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continued payment of your base salary of $715,000 per annum and reimbursement of any premiums you pay for continued Company health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (COBRA), provided that you (i) are not terminated for Cause prior to the Separation Date, (ii) execute and do not revoke a general waiver and release of any and all claims that you may have against the Company and its affiliates, officers, directors, stockholders, employees, agents, insurers, representatives, successors and others as set forth in a form to be presented to you by the Company on or around the Separation Date, (iii) continue to comply with the Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement between you and the Company, dated August 5, 2015, and (iv) continue to comply with Sections 6.1 (non-disparagement) and 6.5 (post-termination assistance) of the Employment Agreement.    




Confidentiality, Work Product and Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation.  You hereby reaffirm your agreement to abide by the terms of the Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement dated as of August 5, 2015 and such agreement is not superseded hereby.




Entire Agreement.  Upon the Effective Date and except as otherwise expressly stated herein, this letter supersedes all previous and contemporaneous communications, agreements and understandings between you, on the one hand, and the Company or any of its affiliates, on the other hand, whether written or oral, including but not limited to the Employment Agreement and the Amended and Restated Executive Severance and Change in Control Plan (the “CIC Plan”) and any amendments thereto.  As such, this letter constitutes the sole and entire agreement between you and the Company pertaining to the subject matter hereof.   Without limiting the foregoing and except as otherwise expressly stated herein, the Employment Agreement shall be terminated as of the Effective Date, and neither you nor the Company will have any further obligation under the Employment Agreement following the Effective Date, including but not limited to severance compensation, provided that your obligations under Sections 6.1 (non-disparagement) and 6.5 (post-termination assistance), and the Company’s obligations under Section 6.1 (non-disparagement), will continue in force, as will the procedural provisions of Section 6 that relate to such sections including but not limited to Section 6.2 (arbitration), and the procedural provisions of all such sections are hereby incorporated herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a Change in Control Termination (as defined in the CIC Plan) prior to the Separation Date, the terms of the CIC Plan shall control.




Governing Law.  This letter will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona, without regard to principles of conflict of laws.




Counterparts.  This letter may be executed in one or more counterparts, all of which will be considered one and the same agreement, and will become a binding agreement when one or more counterparts have been signed by each party and delivered to the other party.





















/s/ Brandon Lombardi




Name: Brandon Lombardi




Title:   Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer





Agreed to and Accepted by:






/s/ Jim Nielsen



Jim Nielsen







August 1, 2019






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