A new grocery store that is 100 percent bag-free will be opening in Denton early next year.
Lakewood, Colo.-based, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements, is expected to open at 110 W. University Drive in late January 2013.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage sells only natural and organic products, according to its website. It began in 1955 as a family-owned business started by Margaret and Philip Isely, who began selling wholegrain bread and vitamin supplements and sharing information with people they met in Golden, Colo.
Today, their children manage their stores, now located in Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The Denton store will be the 12th grocery store in Texas and its 62nd nationally.
Nancy Flynn, director of marketing with Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, said in an e-mail that the new store will have a retail sales floor space of more than 14,000 square feet and will look similar to their latest store, which opened in late September in Sedona, Ariz.
Some of the store’s features include a separate community room, offering morning coffee, tea and free wireless Internet service all day, she said. It will also have a demo kitchen for classes and an accompanying meeting space that would be complimentary for nonprofits.
The 21,190-square-foot building, where Natural Grocers plans to open, has been vacant for about a year, said Christina Davis, marketing specialist with the city of Denton economic development office.
“[The building] used to be a Western Auto and then it was a Rustic World furniture store,” Davis said.
Calling itself a “corner grocer,” rather than a “grocery chain,” Natural Grocers sells only 100 percent certified organically grown produce. Natural Grocers also provides nutritional coaches, and free public health and wellness fairs.
It also remains deeply involved with organizations Habitat for Humanity and Vitamin Angels, a worldwide nonprofit dedicated to reducing child mortality levels worldwide.
Flynn said most new stores start with a staff of about 20 employees. Ten positions, from store management to a nutritionist, for the new store are listed on the company’s website.
Flynn said all new stores come with a variety of energy-efficient features.
Flynn said more details about the new store would be available before the January opening.
For now, customers may want to get used to carrying their reusable bags as much as possible.
Natural Grocers stores do not offer paper or plastic bags, a policy that has been in place since Earth Day in 2009.
Customers can bring their own bags, purchase a bag at the store or pack their groceries inside recycled boxes, according to its website.
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