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Natural Grocers Expands Across Montana

Organic and Affordable Grocer Opens in Kalispell

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DENVER and KALISPELL, Mont., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage® (NYSE: NGVC) is opening its newest location in Kalispell, Montana on April 23rd.  The Kalispell store at 2395 US Highway 93 N will be the company's fourth in Montana following locations opening last year in Billings, Missoula and Helena.

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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 to 13 states and over 65 stores.

"Montana has been a wonderful and welcoming market to Natural Grocers," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers Co-President. "Across the state, our shoppers continue to look for affordable options to help their families be healthy.  We're excited to open our doors and get involved in Kalispell."

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 CoachSM 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 checkout is 100 percent 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 reusable totes.

Local sourcing, local community
Natural Grocers is dedicated to its local communities, stocking locally-made products whenever possible. Natural Grocers is always looking for new local products and is eagerly willing to consider any new local products, which can be reviewed by completing a product submission form found on the web site at www.NaturalGrocers.com.

In addition, the Kalispell store has a Community Room where residents can come and get a free cup of coffee or tea and use free Wi-Fi access. There is also a demo kitchen and meeting space for cooking presentations and events. Contact the store, or visit the Natural Grocers website, for details of the upcoming events in the new demonstration kitchen and meeting space.

Natural Grocers will be opening at 8:56 a.m. and closing at 8:04 pm from Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday will be opening at 9:56 a.m. and closing at 7:06 p.m.

Opening Week 
Natural Grocers' weeklong opening celebration for Kalispell will take place April 23 through April 28.  Shoppers can enjoy tasty treats, free samples and giveaways such as:

  • iPad compliments of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
  • iPod Nano from Country Life Vitamins
  • $500 Natural Grocers Gift Card donated by NOW Foods
  • GPS compliments of Garden of Life
  • Wii Sport Console from Nature's Way / Enzymatic Therapy
  • Tokyo Citizen Collapsible Adult Bike
  • Gift box of selected meat cuts from Wild Idea Buffalo
  • Representatives from premier supplement companies, grocery, natural cosmetic and body care beauty lines will be on-hand for consultations and demonstrations
  • Free daily gift basket giveaways
  • Lots of free reusable grocery bag giveaways to help ease shoppers' transition to Natural Grocers' paper and plastic bag-free commitment (Natural Grocers will also donate a nickel to the local food bank every time a customer checks out with his or her own bags.)

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC), founded in Colorado by Margaret & Philip Isely in 1955, was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutrition knowledge to help them support their own health. The family-run store has since grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska ,Arizona and Oregon-- employing over 1800 employees to date.  The company went public in July 2012; however, Isely family members continue to manage the company, building upon the cornerstones of their parents' business.  Natural Grocers' popularity and success can be traced back to its founding principles – providing customers high quality products at every day affordable prices.  Today, Natural Grocers also offers in-store nutritional support programs, free public health & wellness seminars and free access to Nutritional Health Coaches.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release includes "safe harbor" statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for historical information, statements in this release that are "forward-looking statements" are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as our industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning our market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information.

For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with our business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, copies of which may be obtained by contacting investor relations at 303-986-4600 or by visiting our website at http://Investors.NaturalGrocers.com.

SOURCE Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage



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