Grocery shopping au naturel



National organic and natural grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and The Fresh Market have become increasingly familiar in cities across the country. However, there are a number of successful local and regional chains that also offer high quality produce, superb service, and competitive prices. Those known natural or organic grocers with at least two locations are listed below. any additions or corrections are most welcome.


Alfalfa’s Market (Boulder, Colorado) – two locations in Colorado: Boulder and Louisville.



Apple Valley Natural Foods (Berrien Springs, Michigan)- eight locations in MI (Battle Creek, Berrien Springs, Cadillac, Grand Rapids, and Holland), IL (Westmont), IN (Mishawaka), and WI (Fall River).


Better Health Market (Novi, Michigan) – ten locations in Michigan – Beverly Hills, Bloomfield, Grosse Pointe, Lansing (2), Novi, Plymouth, Shelby Township, Southgate, and Sterling Heights.

Bristol Farms (Carson, California) – 13 locations in California including 10 in Greater Los Angeles (Hollywood, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rolling Hills, Santa Monica, Westchester, West Hollywood, West Lake Village, and Westwood), and one each in Palm Desert, San Diego (La Jolla), and San Francisco.

Central Market (San Antonio, Texas) – nine locations in Texas including Austin (2), Dallas (2), Fort Worth,  Houston, Plano, San Antonio, and Southlake.

Dorothy Lane Markets (Dayton, Ohio) – three locations in the Dayton area.

Earth Fare (Fletcher, North Carolina) – 36 locations in 10 states of the Southeast and Midwest, with one new store opening soon in Atlanta. Stores are located in  AL (Auburn, Hoover, Huntsville, and Montgomery); FL (Jacksonville and Tallahassee); GA (Athens, Atlanta, and Martinez); IN (Carmel, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, and Noblesville);  KY (Louisville); MI (Portage); NC (Asheville – 2, Boone, Charlotte – 2, Greensboro, Huntersville, Morrisville, and Raleigh); OH (Centerville, Columbus, Fairlawn, and Fairview Park); SC (Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Rock Hill); and TN (Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Knoxville -2).

Erewhon Natural Foods (Los Angeles, California) – two locations in Los Angeles.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (Downers Grove, Illinois) 14 locations in four Midwestern states with 14 new stores opening soon including in two new states. Current locations include Chicago, IL (3); Cincinnati, OH (2), Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; East Lansing, MI; Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN (3); Lafayette, IN; and St. Louis, MO-IL (1). Locations to open soon include Chicago, IL (3); Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI (3); Indianapolis, IN (2); Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN; and St. Louis, MO-IL (2).

Good Foods Grocery (Richmond, Virginia) – two locations in the Richmond area.

Green Star Natural Foods Market (Ithaca, New York) – two locations in the Ithaca area.

Horrock’s Farm Market (Lansing, Michigan)- three locations in Michigan: Lansing, Battles Creek, and Grand Rapids

Lucky’s Market (Niwot, Colorado) – 11 locations in 11 states, including CO (Boulder and Longmont); FL (Gainesville); IA (Iowa City); KY (Louisville); MI (Ann Arbor); MO (Columbia and Ellisville); MT (Billings); OH (Columbus); and WY (Jackson Hole), with seven more stores under development –  FL (Coral Springs, Naples, and Plantation); GA (Savannah); IN (Bloomington); MI (Traverse City); and MO (Rock Hill).

Lunardi’s Markets (South San Francisco, California) – eight locations in the San Francisco Bay Region of California, including Belmont, Burlingame, Danville, Los Gatos, San Bruno, San Jose (2), and Walnut Creek.

Market of Choice (Eugene, Oregon) – eight locations in Oregon including Ashland, Corvallis, Eugene (4), Portland, and West Linn.

Metropolitan Markets (Seattle, WA) – six locations in Washington with one planned for 2016. Stores located in Kirkland, Seattle (4), and Tacoma. The new location will be in Sammamish.

MOM’s Organic Market (Rockville, Maryland) – 12 locations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, including DC (Washington); MD (Bowie, College Park, Frederick, Jessup, Rockville, Timonium, and Waldorf); PA (Bryn Mawr); and VA (Alexandria, Herndon, and Merrifield).

Mrs. Green’s Natural Market (Irvington, New York) – 17 locations in four states New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Illinois, as well as Alberta, Canada. Stores can be found in NY (Briarcliff Manor, Hartsdale, Katonah, Larchmont, Mahopac, Mt. Kisco, Scarsdale – 2, Suffern, Tarrytown, and Yorktown Heights); CT (Fairfield, New Canaan, and Stamford); NJ (West Windsor); IL (Chicago); and AB (Calgary). Two new locations are under development in NY (Dobbs Ferry and New York City)


Natural Grocers (Lakewood, Colorado) – 95 locations in 16 states west of the Mississippi River. Stores can be found in CO (Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Castle Rock, Centennial, Colorado Springs – 2, Denver – 4, Dillon, Durango, Englewood, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Grand Junction, Greeley, Lafayette, Lakewood – 3, Littleton – 2, Longmont, Montrose, Monument, Northglenn, Parker, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs, and Wheat Ridge); AR (Fayetteville); AZ (Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, and Tucson); ID (Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls); KS (Lawrence, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Topeka, and Wichita -2); MO (Columbia and Independence); MT (Billings, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula); ND (Fargo); NE (Lincoln and Omaha -2); NM (Albuquerque – 2, Farmington, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe); NV (Reno); OK (Edmond -2, Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa – 2); OR (Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Gresham, Happy Valley, Medford, and Salem); TX (Abilene, Amarillo, Austin – 2, Cedar Park, Dallas -2, Denton, Lubbock, Midland, Richardson, Temple, Tyler, and Wichita Falls); UT (Logan and St. George); WA (Vancouver); WY (Casper and Cheyenne)

New Seasons Markets (Portland, Oregon) – 17 locations in Oregon (15), Washington, and California. These include OR (Portland – 9, Beaverton – 2, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin); WA (Vancouver); and California (San Jose).

Outpost Natural Foods (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – five locations in the Milwaukee area including Milwaukee (3); Mequon, and Wauwatosa.

PCC Natural Markets (Seattle, Washington) – 10 locations in metropolitan Seattle including Seattle (6); Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, and one new location opening in 2015 in Seattle.

Plum Market (Farmington Hills, Michigan) – four locations with two under development. Current locations include MI (Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, and West Bloomfield); and IL (Chicago). New stores are under development in MI (Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport).

Stew Leonard’s (Norwalk, Connecticut) – four locations in CT (Danbury, Newington, and Norwalk); and NY (Yonkers).

Yes! Organic Market (Washington, DC) – six locations, five in the District of Columbia and one in Hyattsville, Maryland.



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