Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage getting ready to move a few doors down at Glenwood Meadows
Grand opening for new, larger space slated for April 18
Although not moving far, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is getting ready to open its new location at the Glenwood Meadows shopping center on April 18.
In 1955, with just $200, Margaret and Philip Isely founded Natural Grocers in Golden, Colorado. Since then, the company that provides nutrition and wellness education and natural groceries now has over 140 stores in 19 states.
After roughly 15 years in operation, the existing Natural Grocers, located at 100 W. Meadows, next to Target, will close on April 16, and will move in next to the new Marshalls store.
The two stores will occupy the storefront that formerly housed the Sports Authority chain, which went bankrupt.
“We are moving to this new location to give ourselves a fresh start,”Natural Grocers Nutritional Health Coach Troye Boone said. “We are going to have 5,000 more square feet of space.”
Natural Grocers and Vitamin Cottage are one in the same, she said.
Boone added that the new space would provide a dedicated nutrition and education department, where classes are to be taught by doctors and health coaches alike on subjects ranging from the lymphatic system to eye health.
“People can get an event calendar for upcoming classes at the registers if they shop with us, or they can look online at naturalgrocers.com and just choose the Glenwood location,” Boone said.
Known for selling 100-percent organic produce, free-range eggs, 100 percent pasture-based dairy, non-GMO bulk products and humanely raised meats without antibiotics, Glenwood’s new Natural Grocers will also sell craft beer and hard Kombucha.
A new state law in Colorado allows grocery stores to sell full-strength beer, where they were previously prohibited from doing so.
“… Mostly Western Slope breweries and Kombucha companies,” Boone said of the new Natural Grocers alcohol selection.
According to Boone, most all of Natural Grocers’ current employees will transition over to the new store just a few doors down.
“We have some employees that have been with us for over 10 years, and we have actually been hiring quite a few people who will be coming with us to the new space,” Boone said.
Boone said the new store hours of operations were still being worked out, but would likely run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
However, Boone said that for the store’s grand opening on April 18 the doors would open at 8:30 a.m., following a few opening-day giveaways.
“Prior to 8:30 a.m., people can line up to enter to win our giveaway,” Boone said.
A grand prize winner is to receive $100 worth of free groceries per week for six months. The winner is to be selected at 9 a.m., and must be present to claim the prize, she said. Eight additional names will be drawn for smaller award amounts.
Additionally, the first 100 customers at the store that morning are to receive a grocery bag full of ingredients to prepare a recipe.
“Whether you live in Glenwood Springs or in another area … come in, come meet the staff and say hello,” Boone said. “We’d love to meet you. We’d love to teach you about our standards. We’d love to help support you and your health goals. And, we’d just love to get to know the community more.”
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