Natural Grocers closing 2 Texas stores

The grocer will shutter the two locations due to performance issues and says it has no plans to close more stores.
  • Natural Grocers is closing two stores in Texas.
  • The grocer says it’s shuttering the stores due to performance.
  • It’s based in Colorado and has more than 160 stores. 

Natural Grocers will close two stores in Texas at the end of June, citing performance at the locations. 

According to a May 5 release, Natural Grocers will close both stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area on June 27. Closing sales at the two stores, located at 5230 North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth-North and 120 S. Denton Tap Road in Coppell, will begin May 15. Everything at the store will be discounted by 25%, the grocer said.

The Colorado-based health- and organic-focused grocery chain said that the decision to close the two locations, which represent two of the about two dozen it operates in Texas, was based on performance at the stores and Natural Grocers’ desire to enhance operating efficiencies across its base.

"We made the difficult decision to close two lower-performing stores, Fort Worth-North and Coppell," said Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers, in the release. "We remain committed to serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and believe that our neighboring stores will continue to provide these communities the world-class customer service, quality and affordability for which Natural Grocers is known."

Natural Grocers was founded in Colorado and opened its first store in 1958. It now has approximately 166 stores across 21 states, according to the company. The grocer says it doesn’t have any plans to shutter more stores. The grocer noted several locations near the closing stores remain open, including locations in Keller and Hurst, Texas, and two stores in Dallas.

Other recent changes in the grocery market in Texas’ vast grocery landscape include Kroger’s expansion of e-commerce order fulfillment with a new Austin, Texas, facility and Gordon Food Service, which plans to open six stores in the state.

As Retail Leader recently reported, Natural Grocers has this year expanded its private label offerings, which have become more popular with consumers searching for value amid economic hardships and higher grocery prices.