(July 17, 10:53 a.m.) Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market is bringing its stores closer to home — by putting them on consumers’ computer screens.

Consumers still have to go to the store to do their shopping, but Sprouts’ new Web site, www.sprouts.com, is revamped to let customers view weekly ads, news and announcements, health resources, recipes and information about food origins. The site also allows consumers to sign up for in-store events and lectures.

“It really is all new,” said Dana Lambert, public relations manager for Sprouts. “Before, there was so much copy and not a lot of visual, but now it’s all interactive.”

The site offers many perks to add convenience, such as saving a store location as “favorite” so that the consumers can view weekly ads by store location. In addition, consumers can create a shopping list and read product descriptions from the ad online.

“We’ve talked about doing online shopping in the future,” Lambert said.

The site’s health resources page includes links to Sprouts’ “Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Guide” and to Sprouts’ digital magazine. Lambert said the publications have been available in Sprouts’ stores for a while, but consumers wanted a more convenient way to access them.

“We wanted something to reflect what people see in the store,” Lambert said. “We’re kind of a traditional farmers market that offers choices like local and organic produce.”

Sprouts operates 25 stores in California, Arizona, Colorado and Texas and has plans to have seven more stores open by the end of the year. A Tustin, Calif., store has an July 23 opening, followed by a Richardson, Texas, store opening July 30. The other stores will be in the four states currently covered by Sprouts.