Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage plans to open six new stores by March 2013, bringing the total number of Natural Grocers' stores to 64 in 12 states.
The company recently opened stores in Missoula, Mont.; Sedona, Ariz.; Steamboat Springs, Colo., and also relocated and expanded one of its flagship Denver stores.
New stores are also planned for Helena, Mont.; Omaha, Neb.; and Denton and Lubbock, Texas. Natural Grocers has already signed long-term lease agreements for the new locations, and is currently renovating the spaces to adhere to Natural Grocers' core values, including employing a variety of energy-efficient features such as motion light sensors, 100 percent post-consumer content tiles, polished concrete flooring and commercial-grade LED lights. In addition to an expansive shopping area, the new stores will also have meeting spaces, demo kitchens and community rooms, like many Natural Grocers' stores.
The Denver store expansion, which was completed in August, represents a new modern, stylish look and feel that will be replicated in Natural Grocers' future stores. With educational facilities, community areas, a customer-friendly lay-out, greater selection and sophisticated decor, the newly opened store underscores Natural Grocers' commitment to the core natural and organic foods customer.
"We are certain that we've identified communities in these five states that are right for our products and nutrition education outreach," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers co-president. "Each city has the consumer market for healthful organic foods, along with the market sustainability to make these openings smart business decisions. As with all our stores, we've carefully analyzed the locations to ensure we're maximizing our opportunities, and we're actively working to ensure our brand and the shopping experience continue to meet our customers' expectations."
To date, Natural Grocers has 60 stores in 12 states.
For more than 55 years, the Isely family has managed Natural Grocers, which is now publicly traded. Part of their commitment to maintain a natural foods store is to avoid selling any products that contain artificial ingredients such as sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, partially hydrogenated oils or produce grown with synthetic pesticides. In addition, Natural Grocers offers only USDA certified organic produce and meats from animals naturally raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones.