DENVER and MISSOULA, Mont., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ® (NYSE: NGVC) opens its 60 th store on October 30th with its newest location in Missoula, Montana. The Missoula store at 2530 South 3rd Street West will be the company's second Montana location, after opening in Billings earlier this summer. Natural Grocers is a grocery chain based in Colorado that offers only natural and organic products with the highest standards at affordable prices, giving Missoula residents and visitors a broad selection of healthful, fresh, organic and natural food, dietary supplement, home and body care choices.
As part of its core values, Natural Grocers offers only USDA certified organic produce and meats from animals raised naturally without the use of antibiotics or hormones. The grocery chain has an extensive dietary supplement and body care department, a large selection of gluten-free and other special dietary need products. In addition, the store offers a huge selection of delicious organic and natural groceries free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils.
For more than 55 years, the Isely family has managed Natural Grocers. Part of the family's commitment to maintaining a true natural foods store is to avoid selling any products that contain artificial ingredients such as colors, sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or produce grown with synthetic pesticides. See: "What We Won't Sell and Why." Today the awareness of the benefits of eating natural foods is higher than ever and continues to grow, helping Natural Grocers expand to 12 states.
"For decades Missoula has been an epicenter of active and healthy lifestyles. Our new store product offerings and outreach programs fit perfectly with the city's culture, residents and visitors," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers co-President. "We're excited to be growing our presence in Montana."Nutritional Coaching In addition to only offering foods that meet the Isely family's high standards for quality and health, Natural Grocers also offers free nutritional coaching - from individualized sessions, to meal planning, to general questions about nutrition and health. Every Natural Grocers has a credentialed Nutritional Health Coach SM in-house and all of the stores' staff is trained to help shoppers find products and resources to support optimal health. The company also offers free seminars and speakers of interest to the community (schedule available in the store and online at http://www.naturalgrocers.com/nutrition/nutrition-seminars ). Eco-friendly concept True to the Natural Grocers philosophy, the new store was built using green features such as energy-efficient motion light sensors, 100 percent post-consumer content tiles, high efficiency heat-exchange systems, polished concrete flooring and commercial-grade LED lights. In addition, Natural Grocers checkout is 100% free of disposable shopping bags (no paper, no plastic). In the event customers forget to bring their reusable bags, Natural Grocers offers free recycled boxes or sturdy affordable totes.