Natural Grocers chain looks at options for Coos Bay location

COOS BAY, Ore. -- More organic and natural food options could be coming to downtown Coos Bay soon.

In mid-February, the Coos Bay Planning Commission approved development for Natural Grocers.

Officials with the Natural Grocers chain have not closed on a property yet, but are looking at the building where Kozy Kitchen is currently located, between N. Broadway and Bayshore Drive.

The Colorado-based health food chain also provides nutritional classes to the community.

But some community members have voiced concern that local health food stores could suffer.

"One of the things I think a lot of people aspire to is to always have competition, because that gives consumers better pricing and more options,” Community Development Administrator Tom Dixon said, “and that's a great benefit for everyone. Consumers will definitely benefit, and I think there's great optimism to bring this type of business into Coos Bay."

Dixon says he hopes bringing Natural Grocers to Coos Bay will appeal to other larger market retailers.

City officials project site development to begin by this spring.

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