The San Franciso Bay and Silicon Valley areas of northern California has seen several new organic, natural and mainstream supermarket openings this year with specialty grocers reported to be doing good trade in August and appearing to be immune from the United States economic downturn.

Sprouts Farmers Market introduced its first Northern California store in Sunnyvale. Whole Foods Market opened a new San Jose emporium and Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market established two stores. And Phoenix-based Sunflower Farmers Market will soon open in South San Jose. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are reported to be doing good trade in the region.

Sprouts Farmers Market’s 30,865 square-foot facility in Sunnyvale is the first Northern California location for the group. New stores in Culver City, Pasadena and Valencia are scheduled to open later this year.

One of the fastest growing retailers in the country, Sprouts offers a unique mix of natural, organic and great-tasting foods at remarkably low prices. The store features mountains of colorful produce, many from local growers and farmers, along with a large selection of all natural meats, fresh seafood delivered up to six days a week plus and a variety of grocery, bulk and baked goods. Sprouts also offer an extensive selection of natural and organic grocery items, a broad array of vitamins and supplements, cosmetics and body care.

Sprouts Farmers Market joined with Henrys Farmers Markets/Sun Harvest mid-year to bring two independently owned specialist grocers together under the Sprouts banner that now has over 7,000 employees and 101 stores across four states - Arizona, California, Texas and Colorado with store sizes of around 23,000 to 37,000 feet.

The merger of Sprouts Farmers Market and Henry’s Farmers Market is now well underway – reuniting two companies that were founded years apart by the Boney Family of San Diego. The company is majority owned by Apollo Management LP, a private equity firm and the stores will be operated by The Boney Family, which created the Sprouts and Henrys brands.