Amin Maredia is a merchant descended from a long line of farmers, a business leader who was also a beancounter, and a health food giant who started in the kitchen of a KFC. In an exclusive interview with WGB, the CEO of Sprouts Farmers Market discusses his background, and his strategic goals of evolving the farm-to-store phenomenon of Sprouts, both through new stores and by improving the merchandising and experience within and outside of them.
Can you tell me a little about your background? I know you were at Burger King prior to Sprouts, but what about before then?
I always say this because it’s applicable to Sprouts, but I’m a 10th-generation farmer from a rural part of India. My family farmed cattle as well as corn. My dad was the first entrepreneur of the family who came to the city, then to the U.S. I came to Texas when I was eight and grew up between Austin and Houston. That makes me perfect for this job—a 10th-generation farmer and a first-generation merchant.
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