Sprouts Farmers Market announced it will open its new Greensboro store at 3357 Battleground Ave. on Aug. 7.

The new store is more than 30,000 square feet and is opening in the old Harris Teeter at Westridge Square shopping center.

Sprouts Farmers Market is one of the country’s fastest-growing grocery chains. It is based in Phoenix and specializes in fresh, natural and organically-labeled products at competitive prices.

The chain operates over 300 stores in 22 states including stores in Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte and Fayetteville.

The shopping center is also home to eateries Cici’s Pizza, Pita Delite and the new Vitality Bowls.

Thai Square is opening soon in the shopping center.

Sno-ball stand opens

Visitors to Greensboro Country Park at 3905 Nathanael Greene Dr. in Greensboro can cool off this summer with New Orleans-style Sno-balls at the Sno-Ball Factory.

The lakeside stand is just one of several new amenities to the city-owned park, including new paddle boats and a carousel that will be open soon.

“We’re happy to be a part of it,” said Chris Johnson, who operates the Sno-ball stand as a concessionaire through the City of Greensboro.

In case you’re unfamiliar with a Sno-ball, it is like a snow cone but the ice is more finely shaved.

“It’s like snow out of the sky,” Johnson said.

Sno-balls are saturated with a choice of 30 flavored syrups, including blue raspberry, cherry, pina colada, banana and one called Bahama Mama.

Sno-balls can be topped with gummy bears, rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream and even a scoop of ice cream.

Johnson operates stands in Wilkesboro and Taylorsville. He is opening a stand at the old Java Joe’s kiosk in the parking lot of Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park at 4215 W. Gate City Blvd. It will open in about a month.

Hours for the Country Park stand are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. When the 2019-20 school year begins in August, Johnson said he will cut back the hours.

Cafe closes

Cafe Express at 114 N. Elm St., Suite 102 in Greensboro has closed.

It opened two years ago in the food court of the downtown historic Piedmont Building and served a fusion menu of sandwiches, tacos and Asian dishes.

The food court is home to other eateries that include Midori Japanese Hibachi, Flaviano’s Mexican Restaurant, and BBQ Nation Indian Grill Express. Poke Bowl is opening soon at 116 N. Elm St.

Cajun restaurant coming to Burlington

The Lost Cajun is opening at 105 Huffman Mill Road in Burlington.

It is expected to open in June.

The Louisiana-based chain specializes in traditional Cajun fare such as gumbos, red beans and rice, fried seafood, crawfish étouffée and jambalaya.

The restaurant also offers another New Orleans stable: Beignets, deep-fried dough treats.

Franchisees Peter and Bliss Turner, who are former Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, are opening the Burlington restaurant.

There are three other The Lost Cajun restaurants in North Carolina — one in Charlotte and two in Raleigh.

Visit http://thelostcajun.com for information.

Mini food truck rodeos

Joymongers Brewing Company at 576 N. Eugene St., in partnership with the City of Greensboro, will host a series of food truck rodeos this summer starting with one on May 18.

From 1 to 3 p.m., four food trucks will be parked at LoFi Park adjacent to the brewery. They will be NC Shrimp Truck, Mr. Cheesesteak and Queso Monster out of the Triangle and Pacific Rim out of Winston-Salem.

The next rodeo is scheduled for June 1 with another planned for August.

To keep up with the rodeos, check Joymongers Brewing Co. on Facebook.

Events benefits Mental Health Greensboro

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you can spend an evening with tacos, drinks and trivia to benefit Mental Health Greensboro.

The Mind 4 Minds event is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cadillac Service Garage event center at 304 E. Market St. in Greensboro.

Cost is $50 per person or $250 for a team of six.

Register at www.mhag.org.

While shopping at Deep Roots Market at 600 N. Eugene St. this month, round up your total at the register to benefit Mental Health Greensboro.

Chain promotions

  • For a limited time, participating Wendy’s restaurants are offering a Frosty for 50 cents.
  • Mimi’s is offering new seasonal items that include savory or sweet power bowl, mixed berry or lemon creme crepes, sweet berry muffin, chicken and quinoa Mediterranean or berry spinach and shrimp Qqinoa salad, salmon nicoise and mussels two ways. The items are available through June 23.

Contact at 336-373-7145 or at carl.wilson@greensboro.com. Follow on Twitter at Short_OrdersNR and on Facebook.

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