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Low prices, more choices as grocery stores move to AZ

Colorado-based Natural Grocers has a dozen locations in Arizona, joining the ranks of other health food stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods. (Source: KOLD News 13) Colorado-based Natural Grocers has a dozen locations in Arizona, joining the ranks of other health food stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods. (Source: KOLD News 13)
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Census data shows Arizona grocery stores are at a three-year high for the amount of food shipped to our state. Arizona's Food Marketing Alliance says the latest stats show $7 billion in food shipped in 2014 with that stock winding up in a growing number of grocery stores.

Colorado-based Natural Grocers has a dozen locations in Arizona, joining the ranks of other health food stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods. There's enough variety now that customers have room to shop around for a deal.

“As the business continues to grow when it comes to organics, it’s very competitive," store manager Benjamin Leyva said. "We have everyday low prices on our avocados. On our apples we try to keep a certain price point." 

Arizona's Food Marketing Alliance says many companies see an opportunity to expand in Arizona where properties are still affordable.

Standing out is important now more than ever to attract customers.  

“We have people here that are trained - like our nutritional health coach is able to better assist our customers," Leyva said.

Low prices continue to be a priority, but shoppers will go out of their way for quality and specialties.

“I go to Trader Joe's for cheese because it’s less expensive there and it’s a nice selection," shopper Renee Danforth said.  "I usually come to Bashas' for everything else. “

“I will go to Wild Oats or something like that usually for a beer," said Robert DeGrood, who prefers Fry's or Bashas' for most items.

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