Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Idaho Falls P&Z board OKs specialty grocery store on 17th Street

Here's what a typical Natural Grocers store looks like. 

The Idaho Falls Planning and Zoning Commission has approved plans for a specialty grocery store on land south of 17th Street where Andrew Well Drilling used to be.

The developer, Leadership Circle, LLC, of Montrose, Colo., is seeking eventually to build a 15,000-square-foot grocery, a restaurant and a retail store on 4.42 acres, but the only definite plans at the moment are for the grocery. During the application process Leadership Circle has been reluctant to release its client's name, but research reveals the company has represented the 56-year-old Natural Grocers chain as it has expanded into Idaho and Montana in the past year.

Natural Grocers has stores in 12 states. In 2011 it opened stores in Boise and Missoula, and most recently it opened a store in Helena in December. "We really cater to specialty diets, gluten-free, non GMO (genetically modified organisms)," spokeswoman Nancy Flynn told the Journal World in Lawrence, Kan., where it opened a store in 2010. "We feel like we're the label-readers in the market."

Here is a link to its Web site: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/.

The City Council will hear the matter at its Feb. 28 meeting. If it gives its approval, a plat will be submitted and work can start, said Brad Cramer, assistant city planner.