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Natural Grocers adds jobs to Spokane economy

SPOKANE, Wash., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers opens tomorrow in Spokane, bringing 28 jobs to the community. The company, which also has stores in Vancouver, Wash., and nearby Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, employs more than 3,000 people and operates 112 stores in 19 states. The Spokane store is located at 4603 N. Division St.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Just like its dedication to its customers and community, Natural Grocers has a 60 year history of caring for its employees.

As part of its founding principles, the company supports all employees by offering:

  • Competitive pay, including the exclusive Natural Grocers Vitamin Bucks program, which provides employees an extra $1 per hour worked of in-store spending money.
  • Birthday bonuses of 1 day's pay, which originated from founder Margaret Isely's tradition of celebrating the birthdays of all employees by preparing lunch for them. Once the company became larger, her children, the current executives of the company, implemented the policy of providing each employee with a full day's pay on their birthday to say "thank you for working with us."
  • Company-wide store discounts and credits of up to 30% on all Natural Grocers products. During the first 3 months of 2016 the value of the discount received by each employee amounted to approximately $.44 per hour.
  • Natural Grocers also offers comprehensive benefits packages to the over 80% of its employees who are full time, including medical, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending and health savings accounts; short- and long-term disability and life insurance; a 401K savings plan; generous paid time off; and extensive free nutrition education programs.

"Commitment to our employees has always been a top priority, it is one of our founding principles and we base our business practices on those principles," said Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers. "We cannot properly serve our customers without our talented staff and nutrition experts. The crew we have put in place in Spokane are the experts in their field and will bring a great deal of knowledge and value to the Natural Grocers family and Spokane community."

Natural Grocers will provide the Spokane community with fresh produce that is exclusively USDA Certified Organic, as well as other healthy, affordable, organic and natural products. The store will feature a mix of national brands and a selection of locally produced products from Washington in a small, neighborhood market environment. The Spokane store will also feature a Nutritional Health Coach and offer free nutrition education classes to the public.

For more information, visit the Spokane store web page. Join the #NaturalGrocers social conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC; NaturalGrocers.com) is a rapidly expanding specialty retailer of organic and natural groceries, body care and dietary supplements. The company offers a flexible, neighborhood-store format, affordable prices and free, science-based nutrition education programs to help customers make informed health and nutrition choices. Founded in Colorado in 1955, Natural Grocers has over 3,000 employees and operates more than 100 stores in 19 states.

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SOURCE Natural Grocers

For further information: Krystal Covington, 303-986-4600, kcovington@naturalgrocers.com