DENVER (CBS4)– Two rival natural grocery stores are going to become one chain. Sprouts and Sunflower Markets announced a merger on Friday.

The new company will operate 139 stores in eight states. It will operate under the name “Sprouts Farmers Market.” New signs are expected to be up at all stores by the end of the year.

Currently, Sunflower Market is based in Boulder and Sprouts is in Arizona.

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