There's a new natural, organic grocery store in town, and no, it's not another Whole Foods chain. This little grocery store has three Dallas locations, all of which have been open for just a few months. Locations include Casa Linda Plaza in the White Rock Lake neighborhood, the corner of Preston and Forest, and the Richardson area. The question is, is it any different from Whole Foods, Sunflower, or Sprouts? The answer is a resounding "yes".
Natural Grocers is a very small grocery and vitamin store. It is possible to do all of your grocery shopping there, but only if you're willing to forgo certain food and paper products and don't mind having a sky high grocery bill. While the store does carry fresh produce and meat, there is no meat or fish counter nor is there any type of bakery. The produce is all organic, yet the selection is limited and what they do have is a bit pricey. If you have any phobias about bulk bins, you'll love Natural Grocers. The store has a large selection of bulk foods, all of which are pre-packaged and stored on aisle shelves or in the cooler.
Basically, Natural Grocers is also the perfect place to stop in and grab that protein or energy bar you love when it's on sale, or to pick up some specialty packaged bulk or frozen items, like gluten free sugar cookies or any other natural, organic, gluten-free or healthy specialty shelf item you're looking for. It's also a vitamin superstore. If you're looking for protein powder, vitamins, or any other health supplements, this is the place to shop.
On a scale from one to five, one being the worst, here's the store's stats:
- Employees are friendly and willing to help you find what you're looking for. Remember, if it feels like they're stalking you, they're really not. It's just a small store.
- The store does run some good sales, which are advertised online or in the weekly sales flyer, but don't go in expecting Wal-Mart-like prices, or you'll be sorely disappointed. Remember, you get what you pay for.
- Shopping carts are smaller than average, but available. Parking is relatively painless, and the store is BYOB (not beer but bags!) so don't forget to bring reusable shopping bags or you'll end up making multiple trips out to your car.
- Unlike some of the other smaller, health food stores around Dallas, all of the produce and meat is fresh and USDA organic, so you don't have to question the quality of the food you purchase.
- What the store lacks in the produce and meat department, it makes up for in frozen and packaged foods. Natural Grocers has a large energy bar selection and carries every flavor of every Cliff Bar imaginable, as well as raw food bars and other health and protein bars.
- When you're buying food, the cleanliness of the store is important. You don't want to buy what you plan on eating from a store that's just plain nasty. Natural Grocers is impeccably clean, which makes shopping there a pleasure.
For more information about Natural Grocers or to find the Dallas location nearest you, visit their website.