DENVER and TULSA, Okla., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ® (NYSE: NGVC) is opening its newest location in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 25th. The Tusla store at 9137 E. 71st St. will be the company's second in Oklahoma, joining a Norman store. Additionally, Natural Grocers is kicking off a campaign to help victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes and Colorado wildfires. Natural Grocers will be matching donations made at any of its 68 Natural Grocers locations beginning June 22 through June 29th. All funds raised, plus matching funds up to $25,000, will be equitably divided between the OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund and the Colorado Red Cross to benefit victims of the recent tornadoes and the wildfires. Funds will be allocated to the highest need within the affected communities.
Natural Grocers, based in Colorado, offers only natural and organic products on its shelves: shoppers will find only USDA-certified organic produce, meats from animals raised naturally without the use of antibiotics or hormones, as well as other delicious organic and natural groceries free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. The grocery chain also offers an extensive natural dietary supplement and body care department, and a large selection of gluten-free and other special dietary need products.
For more than 55 years, Natural Grocers has honored the Isely family's founding principles to provide the highest ingredient standards at every day affordable prices. Natural Grocers will not sell any foods 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 into 13 states with over 65 stores." Oklahoma has proven to be a great fit for Natural Grocers- with its active and healthy lifestyles and keen awareness of issues around sustainable agriculture and healthy food," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers Co-President. "Nutrition should be affordable. We believe the Tulsa community will enjoy our huge selection of healthy options, as well as our free classes, seminars, cooking demonstrations and nutritional coaching." Nutritional Coaching Natural Grocers also offers free nutritional health coaching - from individualized sessions, to meal planning, to general questions about nutrition and health. Every Natural Grocers supports a full time credentialed Nutritional Health Coach SM and all staff are 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 does not provide either paper or plastic bags at its checkout registers. In the event customers forget to bring their reusable bags, Natural Grocers offers free recycled boxes. Natural Grocers will also donate a nickel to the local food bank every time a customer checks out with his or her own bags.