On Dec. 14, Natural Grocers will relocate its store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a renovated, larger space at 4625 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
To complete the relocation process, the store at 4420 Wyoming Blvd. NE will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 11.
Three days later, Natural Grocers’ good4u Crew will begin the festivities with a $2,500 donation to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, its local food bank partner, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the store manager and community leaders.
“Natural Grocers has been proud to serve the community of Albuquerque since the original location opened over 20 years ago, in August 2003,” said Raquel Isely, VP of marketing.
“This was the first of our six Natural Grocers stores in New Mexico, and we decided it was time for a store ‘glow-up’. It’s important to us that each location provides the best possible shopping experience for our customers.
“This move gives our customers more space to shop, which also means new product offerings throughout the store – including a larger produce department, an expanded body care and beauty section and a super-sized supplement department. It’s also worth noting to all our existing loyal customers, that the new location is less than a half mile away from the original Albuquerque store.”
Grand reopening events
On Dec. 14, they include:
- The first 150 customers in line will receive a mystery Natural Grocers gift card with varying amounts between $5-$500.
- The first 500 shoppers will receive a hand-crafted Natural Grocers drawstring backpack bag made of alpaca wool.
- Customers can spin the Natural Grocers prize wheel for a chance to win prizes.
- Customers will have the chance to win prizes, such as an Aventon e-bike or a $500 Natural Grocers gift card. Entry forms will be available at the store through Dec. 28.
Supported by its good4u Crew, the new store will be larger and feature a larger selection of 100 percent organic produce, wider array of body care and beauty products and a robust supplement department.
The contemporary layout will also include a Nutrition Education Center, which is a community space designed for Nutritional Education classes and recipe demos.
The company has also upgraded the new space with sustainable building features and energy-saving innovations, such as non-toxic building materials and 100 percent LED lighting, for a lighter environmental footprint.
Food bank partnership
In addition to the $2,500 donation, Natural Grocers will partner with Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico for its “Bring Your Own Bag Program” to serve surrounding communities in Albuquerque. Each time a customer brings their own shopping bag, Natural Grocers donates five cents to the organization.
“With 1 in 5 New Mexico children experiencing food insecurity this holiday season, powerful partnerships with organizations like Natural Grocers enable Roadrunner Food Bank to continue our services across New Mexico,” said Will Tapia, corporate engagement officer with the food bank.
“This comes at an important time, as every November and December we see a sharp rise in demand for hunger-relief services across the state.”
Holiday fundraiser, food drive
Natural Grocers is holding its annual Holiday Food Bank Fundraiser and Food Drive event at all 167 locations, including the new store in Albuquerque.
Customers can donate non-perishable goods and/or funds at the register to support local food banks through Dec. 31.
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