New organic grocery store will open in Norman

A new organic grocery store is opening on Main Street in the building that used to house Ace Hardware. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage at 1918 W Main St. is expected to open Tuesday, July 26, according to the company's website.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON jcannon@opubco.com Published: July 9, 2011
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— A new organic grocery store is opening on Main Street in the building that used to house Ace Hardware.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 1918 W Main St., is set to open Tuesday, July 26, according to the company's website.

The store will feature foods and supplements with natural and organic ingredients.

The Denver-area family business started in 1955. The company has more than 50 stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

The Norman store will be the company's first in Oklahoma.

The chain used to be called Vitamin Cottage but changed its name to reflect its growing grocery business.

Kemper Isley, Natural Grocers' chief executive, said Norman was appealing for several reasons.

“Norman is a college city, and in our experience, college cities tend to be more receptive to natural food stores,” Isley said. “Also, Norman does not currently have a natural foods grocery on the scale that Natural Grocers can bring.”

Isley said the store will offer a healthy, low-price shopping alternative for groceries and nutritional supplements. All produce will be U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified, he said.

Natural Grocers' stores are free of paper and plastic bags. Shoppers can buy reusable bags or take free cardboard boxes.

The company also works to reclaim buildings and make them green. The Norman store will have many eco-friendly and energy-efficient features, Isley said.



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