Natural Grocers Opens In Las Cruces 5th New Mexico Locale Welcomes "Store That Can Change Your Life"

LAS CRUCES, N.M., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC), the natural foods chain that has changed many customers' lives with its nutrition education, higher standards and more affordable prices, has opened its fifth New Mexico location in Las Cruces at 3970 E. Lohman Avenue, (phone: 575-522-1711), and is inviting customers to visit, sample new foods and products, and join the Grand Opening Week festivities.

"We are excited to offer the people of Las Cruces and the surrounding communities healthy food options at an affordable price and free nutrition resources," said Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers.

Shoppers in the Las Cruces area may wonder how a grocery store can change people's lives. "It's because we provide the resources that people need to live a life of optimum health and vitality even when facing health challenges," Isely explained.

  • Our stores offer ways to help you take the best care of your own health. Each store offers many free science-based health and nutrition learning resources. We provide World Class customer service to help you find just the products you need, including exceptionally high quality natural and organic groceries, natural body care and dietary supplements – all at affordable prices.
  • What's missing when you walk through our doors? All those bad things you keep reading about. Natural Grocers will not sell any grocery product that contains artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, or harmful trans fats. Yet our shelves are full of amazing food and products, including fantastic, worry-free foods for you, your children and even for your pets.  (See: "What We Won't Sell and Why.")
  • We sell only USDA Certified Organic produce. No more guessing whether the produce you are buying is possibly treated with pesticides and preservatives -- or even if it has been mixed with something that has been treated. At Natural Grocers, it's all organic -- and we work hard to make organic affordable.
  • The meats in our stores come from animals that were raised without the use of antibiotics, growth promoters or feed containing animal by products.
  • Each Natural Grocers store has a credentialed Nutritional Health Coach (NHC). We provide this service free of charge, because no one should be excluded from receiving advice and information that can help them live a healthier life. NHCs can answer questions on special diet needs, help you design a personalized supplement and eating program, or point you toward the products that support your health and fitness goals. You can even sign up for individual coaching sessions or attend a nutrition class or cooking demonstration in our teaching kitchen.
  • Throughout the store, our knowledgeable staff welcomes your questions about special diets like gluten-free, Paleo, vegetarian/vegan, and low-glycemic, or about specific supplements or products. If you read it on the Internet or saw it on TV, come talk to us first for help understanding the science behind the hype.
  • We support local products and local farmers when we open a store. Shoppers can look for more than 680 products from over 40 different New Mexico companies. We are always looking for opportunities to bring in meat, produce and dairy from New Mexico producers. Check our website for new product approval guidelines.
  • Las Cruces shoppers can come in to get yummy cooking demos, hear speakers or attend seminars to enhance the depth of your nutrition knowledge (schedule: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/las-cruces/NM/events.)
  • We don't offer plastic or paper shopping bags at our registers, but if you forget your reusable totes, we'll gladly pack your groceries in free recycled boxes. We do sell inexpensive reusable shopping bags, AND each time you shop with your own reusable totes, we will make a donation to the local food bank.

The Las Cruces store opened on April 1st and it is celebrating Grand Opening Week April 5th thru April 12th. Please join us for these fun offers, giveaways and activities such as delicious food tastings, product experts, and samples.

Enter our giveaways to receive these prizes. (Drawing will be held May 30th. Need not be present to win.)

  • iPad  compliments of Natural Grocers
  • iPod  compliments of Country Life
  • $500 Natural Grocers Gift card compliments of NOW Foods
  • Vitamix High Performance Blender compliments of Nature's Way/Enzymatic Therapy lines
  • Cuisinart Food Processor compliments of Garden of Life
  • Tokyo Citizen Collapsible adult bike compliments of Honest Tea
  • Daily giveaway gift baskets

Of special note, Natural Grocers will soon be unveiling some of the strictest dairy ingredient standards in the industry.  Our goal is to keep GMO feed, veterinary drug residues and inhumane treatment out of the milk production system that provides dairy products for our customers. "We hope to spark a conversation with our communities and the nation about how our food is raised, and how it impacts so many other parameters that we sometimes forget to consider: food quality, health, sustainability, community well-being, and animal welfare," said Isely.

The Las Cruces Natural Grocers is open Monday through Saturday from 8:56 a.m. to 8:04 pm. On Sunday the store is open from 9:56 a.m. to 7:06 p.m. Customers are welcome to come a little early or stay a little late.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC): Founded in Colorado by Margaret & Philip Isely in 1955, Natural Grocers was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, along 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, and employs over 2000 people. The company went public in July 2012. Isely family members continue to manage the company, building on the foundation of their parents' business.  Natural Grocers' popularity and success can be traced back to its founding principles: dedication to providing science based nutrition education, exceptional customer service, the highest quality natural and organic products at affordable prices, supporting our communities and providing great jobs with excellent benefits and a living wage to our employees. www.naturalgrocers.com

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