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Grocery chain expanding to North Las Vegas, Henderson

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In this May 23, 2014 file photo, grocery and dairy assistant Reyna DeLoge stocks dairy products that only use milk from pasture-raised cows, at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, in Denver. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk.

A Colorado grocery chain is expanding to the Las Vegas Valley.

Natural Grocers said today that it would open two stores, in North Las Vegas and Henderson, on Aug. 9.

The North Las Vegas outpost, at 6305 Simmons St., and the Henderson store, at 1660 W. Sunset Road, are former Fresh & Easy locations.

Natural Grocers has a store in Reno, and its entry to the Las Vegas area follows a turbulent year for the valley’s grocery sector.

Fresh & Easy, which had 14 stores in the area by 2015, began to shut down; Haggen, which opened seven outposts here as part of a massive Western U.S. expansion, went bankrupt months later; and Food 4 Less closed eight stores and converted six others to Smith’s locations. Both of those brands are owned by Kroger Co.

Other grocers have expanded, though, including Trader Joe’s and Save-A-Lot.

Based in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, Natural Grocers says it operates 120 stores in 19 states.

The company, formally known as Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc., booked roughly $3.6 million in profit in the quarter that ended March 31, on $177.4 million in sales. That compares with $5.4 million in profit, on $157.7 million in sales, during the same period last year, according to a regulatory filing.

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