Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will hold the grand opening for its second store in Idaho on Tuesday. The store is located at 1270 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls.
“We invite the Idaho Falls community to come in see what we’re about,” said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers co-president. “While they are here, shoppers can also take part in a free nutritional education seminar or pick up some practical ideas for healthy eating during one of our free cooking demonstrations.”
Natural Grocers, based in Colorado, offers free nutritional health coaching to its customers—including individualized nutrition sessions, meal planning and other guidance about nutrition and health. Every Natural Grocers supports a full-time credentialed “Nutritional Health Coach,” and all staff are trained to help shoppers find products and resources to support their individual needs.
The company also offers free seminars, guest speakers and cooking demonstrations for the local community. The Idaho Falls store will offer its first free cooking class in its dedicated demonstration kitchen and events facility on Thursday, Nov. 14. Nationally recognized nutrition expert Cary Tamburro, BS, will show how to make “Smoothies to Jump Start Your Health.” Tamburro will demonstrate organic, gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Natural Grocers offers only natural and organic groceries on its shelves, and only sells USDA certified organic produce. Meats are sourced from animals raised naturally without the use of antibiotics or hormones. The chain also offers an extensive natural dietary supplement and body care department. Stores offer a large selection of gluten-free and other products for special diets, with an emphasis on local products.
What Natural Grocers does not sell are any foods that contain artificial ingredients such as colors, sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or produce grown with synthetic pesticides, or meats with antibiotics or hormones.
Idaho Falls Natural Grocers will be open Monday through Saturday from 8:56 a.m. to 8:04 pm. On Sunday the store will be open from 9:56 a.m. to 7:06 p.m.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC), founded in Colorado by Margaret and Philip Isely in 1955, 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, employing more than 2,000 people.
The company went public in July 2012, but Isely family members continue to manage the company. Natural Grocers says its popularity and success can be traced back to its founding principles: providing customers with high quality products at everyday affordable prices.