It was a scorching hot August day in the Pacific Northwest, perfect sunny weather for the re-opening of the Beaverton Natural Grocers. There was music playing in the suburban strip mall parking lot. It felt more like a party than a store opening. All were greeted with smiles and a warm welcome and there were vendors sampling products all over the store. Smiling staff were on every aisle while stocking shelves and leading customers to products.
It is hard to imagine how much work goes into opening a new store. For those without a frame of reference, it takes months of planning, sometimes years, and an army of staff. In addition to the Natural Grocers team, the PRESENCE sales team were out in full force assisting with the stores transition. Ensuring that all would run smoothly for this brand-new located at 3805 SW 117th Avenue in Beaverton (just a block away from the old location) in a new sustainable building which features 100% LED lighting.
The ribbon cutting took place August 8th, and was packed full of gift card giveaways, special prizes and of course all the fantastic NGVC discounts. NGVC offered the first 150 customers a mystery NGVC gift card worth between $5 and $500 dollars. The prizes didn’t stop there – throughout the opening week customers received the opportunity to win additional prizes such as reusable totes, hand-crafted NGVC backpacks from an Ecuadorian Indigenous artist collective, plus Aventon e-bike and a $500 Natural Grocers gift card.
Natural Grocers Beaverton has been a part of this neighborhood since 2013. The move provides a larger format for a more comfortable shopping experience and opportunities for an increase in product offerings, especially in the refrigerator and frozen departments. In addition to the increased grocery footage, the new location will also house a Nutrition Education Center. This doubles as a community space for additional educational courses and in-store classes.
NGVC was joined by the Oregon Food Bank during the ribbon cutting, educating customers on how they can support ending hunger. They have partnered with the Oregon Food Bank for the past ten years. During the opening ceremonies Natural Grocers made a special $2,500 donation to OFB to support the community and their continued partnership.