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Old 11-20-2015, 10:44 AM
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What chains other than Whole Foods Market are there in the U.S. for the health conscious shopper?

As there isn't much of a source for such info, even on the internet, I thought I'd take to the forums such that people in different regions might post chains in there area. (In my way of thinking, a "chain" would be anything from 2 to 200....or more stores. Also, a "healthy" market would be one that avoids artificial coloring/flavors/preservatives, strives to avoid GMO's when possible, and catering to vegetarians and vegans as well as carnivores.)

I know of:
Earth Fare (mostly the southeastern U.S. with some stores in Ohio and Michigan)
New Seasons (mostly Oregon and Washington states)
Mustard Seed Market (a small NE Ohio chain)
Sprouts (mostly south and west of the Mississippi) - not quite on a par with the others I mention
Trader Joe's - nationwide, but more of a niche store than a full service health food store

It will be interesting to find how large the list grows.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:55 AM
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Natural Grocers (started as Vitamin Cottage in Colorado but now a full-service grocery store), which has 106 stores in 18 states. I think they are all west of the Mississippi.

Market of Choice which has 8 stores in Western Oregon.
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:01 AM
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Trader Joes is not a healthfood store
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:59 AM
Location: Miami-Jax
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Fresh Market, which is often considered the rival to Whole Foods.

I've also heard of (but never been to) Lucky's and Fresh Thyme.

In Jax we have two local chains, Native Sun and Grassroots.
Native Sun is basically identical to Trader Joe's in size, look, and offerings and has three locations in Jax. It's got a diehard following (long history locally) and they've indicated they may expand to several more parts of town.

Grassroots is much smaller...more like a NYC bodega...and their prices are even higher than WF. They have two locations in town.

Oh and there's also a store from Orlando called Freshfield Farms with 2 locations, one in Orlando and one in Jax. This is the most popular of all because their prices are low and quality very high.
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:03 PM
Location: TOVCCA
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In SoCal:
Lassens (12 stores)
Erehwon (2)
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Old 11-20-2015, 02:07 PM
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New Seasons doesn't have that much a presence in Washington State as there's only one in Vancouver, Wa.

In the general Seattle area, the main chains that's geared for that kind of crowd are Metropolitan Market, Central Market and PCC Market. PCC makes Whole Food look "affordable".
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Old 11-20-2015, 02:17 PM
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I know that Wegmans does offer some Organic food options and has a section in each of their stores for those that are more health conscious. https://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/s...=CATEGORY_2081


Healthy Eating*- Wegmans

This is a small chain in the Syracuse area: Green Planet Grocery
Green Planet Grocery | Syracuse Health Food Store | Healthy Food for Less
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Old 11-20-2015, 03:36 PM
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Whole foods started in austin and is the biggest in the south but fresh market and earth fare is all over the southern states. The best one in that natural food category by far is trader joes, great selection and decent prices.

I will say whole foods does have the best salad bar in town by far, just an expensive place to shop. I would rather go to wegmans or trader joes any day of the week to shop but whole foods is great for a hot lunch and their deli or the salad bar and gelato for dessert . Whole foods salad bar is better than alot of restaurants food
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:46 PM
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Wild Oats was the only chain competition to Whole Foods that I remember, but they were bought out and now only produce food, I believe. Most natural food supermarkets these days are local.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:19 AM
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Fresh Market, which is often considered the rival to Whole Foods.
The Fresh Market
Actually Fresh Market is not a natural food chain, I shop there mostly or at Whole Foods which is a good bit further away unfortunately. They have a good number of organics in produce and dairy (probably about 30%-40%), with only organic pastured chicken, a small selection of grassfed beef and ground bison as "natural" in their meat section. They do claim none of their conventionally-raised meats were ever given antibiotics including Pork, which is especially difficult to find minus antibiotics. Overall I would say Fresh Market is more of a gourmet niche grocer lacking in the usual umpteen aisles of processed foods and seems more for those who actually cook. It's often referred to as "expensive" but find the difference between it and Publix negligible with better quality, fresher produce that doesn't rot within a couple days versus most of what I see at Publix. The Fresh Market
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