Pueblo Natural Grocers will move to a larger building in its parking lot
Pueblo’s only natural grocers will soon be relocating to a larger space right next to its current location.
The grocery store at 101 W. 29th Street will retain its current address when it crosses the parking lot in its new 30% larger building. The current store will close on May 3 and the new store will open on May 6.
“The Pueblo store opened to the Pueblo community in 2002, so it has been open in the same space for almost 20 years,” said Heather Isely, executive vice president of Natural Grocers.
“This was our 17th company-wide store and the 17th store opened in Colorado. Since then, we have revamped and modernized many aspects of the Natural Grocers shopping experience. We knew our Pueblo community could benefit (from) these changes, including our new nutrition education center, more efficient payment channels, and an expanded product selection. “
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The new store, according to a statement from Natural Grocers announcing the move, features “sustainable building features such as energy-saving innovations, non-toxic building materials and 100% LED lighting for a carbon footprint. lighter.
Isely declined to comment on financial aspects of the project, such as the cost of constructing the new building or the revenue forecast for the new store, but said, “The cost is worth the investment in our Pueblo community.”
Five more employees have been hired to outfit the new store, which will feature several new product offerings in its product, dietary supplements, body and beauty care, and frozen meats departments.
Isely said she expects the newer products, Puebloans, “to find even more value by buying from us.”
“For example, some customers may currently buy from us for their groceries, but not for body care and beauty products, but with the expansion of the body care and beauty department, customers will see that the store is well stocked to help refresh their bathroom cabinets with products that have all been vetted to the same high quality standards as our groceries. “
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The store will also have a new nutrition education center that will offer nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations and guest speakers.
“Our nutrition education centers provide a physical space where people can come together and learn how their choices can benefit themselves, their communities and the planet,” Isely said.
“Currently, due to the pandemic (COVID-19) all events are virtual, but we look forward to offering in-person classes to the Pueblo community once it is deemed safe again.”
Natural Grocers will host a grand reopening ceremony on May 6 that will include a recipe bag giveaway, grand raffle, prize wheel and special discounts.
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