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Natural Grocers Expands Across Oklahoma Organic and Affordable Grocer Opens in Tulsa, Announces Campaign to Help Oklahoma Tornado and Colorado Wildfire Victims

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. 

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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 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 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 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.

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 Tulsa 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 Tulsa will take place June 25 through June 30. 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

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 1900 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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