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Natural retail roundup: Stores expand food service in a big way

Natural retail roundup: Stores expand food service in a big way

Supermarket food service is hot. And it's no different in the natural foods space.

Included in natural retail news stories we are reading this week are two stores that up the ante on the food service front and two natural and organic leaders increasing their retail outlets. Here are links to the stories you'll want to read.

1. El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company in California is jumping into food service in a big way with the planned October opening of the Prepared Food Annex next door. Click through the story below to get a short video preview.

A Sneak Peek At Natural Grocery Company's New Prepared Food Annex

A Sneak Peek At Natural Grocery Company's New Prepared Food Annex September 2, 2013 · El Cerrito Patch · The annex with 7,000 square feet will be larger than the store. It’ll feature, among other things, freshly baked pizza, a salad bar, fresh pastries, a florist, a beer and wine room and two delis -- one for vegetarians and one for meat eaters.
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2. In addition to local, natural and organic foods, the 15,000-square-foot Mrs. Green's Natural Market in Connecticut features pizza, sandwiches, soups, salads and coffee service and a smoothie and juice bar that offers soft serve frozen fruit. 

Wilton Welcomes Mrs. Green’s Natural Market

Wilton Welcomes Mrs. Green’s Natural Market August 30, 2013 · The Wilton Daily Voice · “Having really good food that’s good for you and for the Earth is our No. 1 priority,” Chief Executive Officer Robin Michel said. “We’re committed to providing the most natural products possible, and clean, healthy foods that are free of preservatives.”
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3. National organic leader Mark Retzloff embarks on his second Colorado retail outlet with the ground breaking of an Alfalfa's to open in Spring 2014 in Louisville, Colo.

Alfalfa's to go up in Louisville as Safeway comes down

Alfalfa's to go up in Louisville as Safeway comes down September 3, 2013 · www.dailycamera.com · Retzloff said he can't wait. Even though the city had determined that the Village Square Shopping Center was no longer a viable location for big-box retail due largely to the fact that it is not at a major regional crossroads, a smaller-format store like Alfalfa's should work quite well there, Retzloff said. "It was a good match from the beginning," he said. "The big boxes don't try to understand the community element like we do. Everybody in Alfalfa's officials hope...
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4. The multifaceted Redmond Inc. opens its fourth Real Foods Market in Salt Lake City. (This story doesn't offer a lot of additional detail).

Real Foods opens fourth store today in Salt Lake City

September 3, 2013 · The Salt Lake Tribune · Salt Lake City’s health-minded foodies have another place to shop with yesterday’s opening of Real Foods Market in Sugar House. It’s the fourth store for the Utah company, which also has locations in Orem, Heber City and St. George. Real Foods is owned by the Redmond Company, which produces RealSalt and Redmond Clay. It also owns Redmond Heritage Farms, which raises hormone-free, antibiotic-free cattle and pork and chicken eggs. Those products will be sold along with fresh produce and body-care...
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