Natural Grocers will open its 46th store in Colorado on Jan. 31 at 1000 N. Main St. in Gunnison.
The community is invited to celebrate the occasion with giveaways, savings, a prize wheel and samples.
Natural Grocers’ good4u crew will begin the celebration at 8:15 a.m. with a $2,500 donation presentation to the Gunnison Country Food Pantry, its local food bank partner, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Natural Grocers is thrilled to be opening a new location in Gunnison,” said Raquel Isely, VP of Natural Grocers.
“We’ve been serving the people of Colorado since 1955. We love our home state and we’re always looking for ways to serve its communities better. We’ve been receiving requests from locals to open a store in this area of Colorado for years. Gunnison offers residents, students and tourists an amazing array of outdoor recreational activities and is a natural draw to folks seeking mountain living, a unique educational atmosphere or that idyllic Colorado getaway.
“We believe our store in Gunnison will be a hub that empowers people to lead a healthier lifestyle and fuel their adventures, while also being that ‘neighborhood store’ for all your grocery needs at our ‘Always Affordable Prices.’”
Grand opening events
Grand Opening festivities at the new Gunnison location will include:
- The first 150 customers will receive a mystery Natural Grocers gift card (with varying amounts between $5-$500), while the first 250 people will receive a hand-crafted Natural Grocers Ecuadorian poncho made of alpaca wool.
- Customers can spin the Natural Grocers prize wheel from noon to 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 for a chance to win prizes.
- Through Feb. 29, products from every department will be available at special grand-opening discounts.
- From Jan. 31-Feb. 14, customers will have the chance to win prizes, such as an Aventon e-bike and a $500 Natural Grocers gift card. Entry forms will be available at the store.
The company has repurposed the current space using sustainable building features and energy-saving innovations, such as non-toxic building materials and 100 percent LED lighting. The store will also feature a contemporary layout for an efficient checkout experience.
Food pantry partnership
Natural Grocers will partner with the Gunnison Country Food Pantry for its “Bring Your Own Bag Program” to serve those facing hunger in the community.
Each time a customer brings their own shopping bag, Natural Grocers will donate five cents per trip to the organization.
In 2023, the pantry provided food assistance to 2,185 people (or 1,082 households).
“GCFP has an amazing track record of keeping food within reach of our neighbors,” said Jodi Payne, director.
“We couldn’t do it without the [more than] 30 community partners and over 200 volunteers annually, who contribute time and resources …We welcome Natural Grocers as a new community partner and look forward to working together to further the pantry’s mission.”
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