DENVER and HELENA, Mont., Dec 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage® (NYSE: NGVC) is opening its newest location in Helena, Montana on December 18th. The Helena store at 3061 North Montana Avenue will be the company's third Montana location, following stores in Billings and Missoula earlier this year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121115/LA13448LOGO) 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 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 principle to provide the highest standards in education and ingredients at every day affordable prices. Natural Grocers will not sell 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 and over 60 stores. "We feel we're a great fit for Helena," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers Co-President. "We're excited to open our doors for local residents who care about value and health, and who are looking for affordable options to help their families be healthy." Nutritional CoachingNatural 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 CoachSM 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 conceptTrue 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.