The Natural Grocers store in Rio Rancho, just north of the intersection of NM 528 and Southern Boulevard, is scheduled to open in August. Photo by Amy Byres.

Rio Rancho’s first Natural Grocers will open in August, according to company spokeswoman Pamela Lipshitz.

The 13,789-square-foot store is replacing the Natural Grocers on Coors Boulevard in Albuquerque.

“We know that the residents of Rio Rancho and the surrounding neighborhoods have been excited for some time that we are bringing a Natural Grocers to their communities’ front door,” said Raquel Isely, Natural Grocers vice president of marketing. “We are honored to be providing easy and affordable access to 100-percent organic produce and healthy groceries, as well as the opportunity to share our nutritional expertise with this vibrant community.”

The company has over 3,000 employees and annual revenue of $912.1 million, according to Owler, a website containing data about companies. Natural Grocers is headquartered in Colorado.

“Our knowledgeable good4u Crew from that Albuquerque store will continue to offer world-class customer service at the new Rio Rancho location,” Isely said.

The Rio Rancho location will add five temporary crew members with the possibility of staying on permanent as the needs of the store are assessed, she said.

Natural Grocers will begin hiring July 10, Isely said.

“We look forward to welcoming new customers in the Rio Rancho area to the Natural Grocers family,” she said.

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