(IRVINGTON, NY) – Mrs. Green’s Natural Market today proudly announced it is offering English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for associates across Westchester County as part of a larger investment into the company’s workforce.
Mrs. Green’s launched the ESL classes at six stores in Westchester after several requests from associates. One of the chain’s many talented associates personally designed the curriculum for and leads the language classes. The goal is to provide every associate with the confidence to speak to coworkers, customers, neighbors, friends and family in English.
“Our associates are our most important asset,” said Natural Markets Food Group CEO Pat Brown. “These language classes continue our efforts to invest in our own people and make sure they have the resources they need – from health benefits and good wages to quality training – to feel at home.”
“Investing in people and their skills is one of the best investments that a business can make – and Mrs. Green’s is incredibly smart to work with its associates on valuable initiatives such as these,” said John Ravitz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office of The Business Council of Westchester. “We encourage all of our members to identify opportunities to expand skill sets and make sure they are delivering a premium product to Westchester customers.”
By hosting the classes at the stores themselves and maintaining a low student to teacher ratio, the company hopes to make it as easy as possible for associates to participate.
About Natural Markets Food Group
Natural Markets Food Group (NMFG), the parent company of Mrs. Green’s Natural Markets, Planet Organic Markets across Canada, and Richtree Natural Markets Restaurants in Toronto, is an industry leader in the sale of organic, local and natural products in neighborhood markets across the U.S. and Canada. The company prides itself on its commitment to building a sustainable brand in the healthy lifestyle arena – focusing specifically on customers who care deeply about the foods they eat. NMFG is expanding its U.S. presence, which began in the New York tri-state area and now includes the Mid-Atlantic region and Chicago.