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, 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 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-
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-