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Natural Grocers Holding Job Fair For Idaho Store

Lakewood, Colorado-based Natural Grocers will open a new store in Hailey, Idaho, on Sept. 27, adding 28 jobs to the community.

A job fair for the Hailey store, which is located at 710 North Main Street, will take place near the store, at the Wood River Inn at 603 North Main Street. The job fair is Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Natural Grocers will be hiring store managers, cashiers and nutritional health coaching roles. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants can apply for consideration at www.naturalgrocers.com/jobs.

As part of the company’s five founding principles, Natural Grocers offers employees:

• Competitive pay, including the exclusive Natural Grocers Vitamin Bucks program, which provides employees an extra $1 per hour worked of in-store spending money.

• Birthday bonuses equal to one day’s pay, which originated from founder Margaret Isely’s tradition of celebrating the birthdays of all employees by preparing lunch for them. Once the company became larger, her children, the current executives of the company, implemented the policy of providing each employee with a full day’s pay on their birthday to say “thank you for working with us.”

• Companywide store discounts and credits of up to 30 percent on all Natural Grocers products, which provides employees substantial savings on groceries and supplements.

• Comprehensive benefits packages to the more than 80 percent of its employees who are full-time, including medical, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending and health savings accounts; short- and long-term disability and life insurance; a 401K savings plan; generous paid time off; and extensive free nutrition education programs.

“Commitment to our employees has always been a top priority—it is one of the founding principles on which we base our business practices,” said Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers. “We cannot properly serve our customers without our talented staff and nutrition experts. The crew we’re putting in place in Hailey will be the experts in their field and will bring a great deal of knowledge and value to the Natural Grocers family and the local community.”

Natural Grocers stores offer fresh produce that is 100 percent USDA Certified Organic as well as other “healthy, affordable, organic and natural products,” the chain says.

The store features a mix of national brands and a selection of locally produced products in a small, neighborhood market environment. The store also features a nutritional health coach and offers free nutrition education classes to the public.

Founded in Colorado in 1955, Natural Grocers has more than 3,000 employees and operates more than 115 stores in 19 states.

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Lorrie Griffith

An observer of the grocery industry since 1988. Away from her editor job, she's a wife and mother of two grown sons and thinks cooking is (usually) relaxing.

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