Natural Grocers to open 2 locations in Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS - A new grocery store chain will soon come to the Las Vegas valley.  Natural Grocers plan to open two stores in North Las Vegas and Henderson.

The announcement of the new grocery store chain comes months after Haggen and Fresh & Easy closed all of its local stores.

In fact, two of the old Fresh & Easy stores will be converted into a Natural Grocers.  Construction is already underway for the Colorado-based company's first venture in Nevada.

The two vacant Fresh & Easy stores are near Sunset Road and Arroyo Grande in Henderson and near Aliante and Centennial in North Las Vegas.

"It was really great having a grocery store close by for us," said Velinda Wiedrick, the owner of Clip-N-Tails.  "It helps with business."    
 
Wiedrick owns a pet grooming shop next to one of the buildings under construction.  She says she expects foot traffic to pick up once Natural Grocers opens up its doors for business.

"We get a lot of people that see us because they are there," Wiedrick said. 

The Colorado-based company is the latest grocery chain to expand into southern Nevada.  Natural Grocers says it's filling a void in both communities.

"We're an authentic natural food store," said Kemper Isely, the Co-President of Natural Grocers.  "I don't really think that Las Vegas has an authentic natural food store.  Whole foods and sprouts don't qualify in our opinion."

Natural Grocers says it's organic but affordable.  Haggen and Fresh & Easy pride themselves on the same vision, but both companies called it quits last year.

"Given the exit, that may open up the nitch for a new entrance, and this is a new entrance.  They're trying it out," said Stephen Miller, the Center for Business & Economic Research at UNLV.

Both stores are expected to open on Aug. 9, but the company is already talking expansion.

They company says it plans to open five other new stores sometime in the near future.


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