NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Celeste Olinger October 2, 2008 Phone: 303-450-8713 Cell Phone: 720-232-8759 Vitamin Cottage Opens First Green Building Prototype Store in Northglenn Northglenn, CO - Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will open a store in late October at 11465 Washington Street that will serve as the chain’s green building prototype. This store will be the testing ground for a wide range of green building practices, which the company plans to implement in many of its other stores in the coming years. The Northglenn store will be the test site for green building features that range from simple to complex. Some of the elements are located underground, and other features are found everywhere from the roof, walls, floor, and insulation. The store has the following sustainable features: • Geothermal units for energy savings in heating and cooling • Underground storm water detention system • A bio-based soy spray foam insulation • Thirty-three tubular skylights throughout the building to reduce the need for electrical lighting • Recycled carpeting • Paint that is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) • Reflective coating on the roof for interior temperature control • Drought resistant landscaping that requires little watering • Recycled concrete in all retaining walls and backfills • Low flow plumbing fixtures • Polished concrete floor with a vegetable based dye • Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) flat roof, painted white to reflect sun factors that impact heat radiation • Highly durable and all natural wheat sheets used instead of sheetrock • All windows are low E glass that limit radiant heat flow • LED refrigeration and freezer door lights -more- Page 2 Vitamin Cottage to Open Store in Northglenn All of these efforts are focused on leaving a smaller environmental footprint and reducing energy consumption. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is committed to supporting healthy living in our homes and for our planet. Vitamin Cottage provides a wide variety of approximately 35,000 different quality products, including natural groceries, frozen foods, dairy, organic produce, body care products, a nutritional library and a vast selection of vitamins, minerals and herb combinations. Margaret and Phillip Isley started the business in 1955. They sold health food products and whole grain bread door-to-door for several years in and around Golden, Colo. They opened the first retail store in Lakewood in 1963. The chain has expanded throughout Colorado, with two locations in New Mexico and one store Texas. The Northglenn store will be the chain’s 28th location. ### Notes: To coordinate interviews with the Isleys, please contact: Nancy A. Flynn Director of Marketing Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (303) 986 4600 x144 For additional information on this project, please contact: Kristin Sullivan Economic Development Coordinator City of Northglenn (303) 450-8743 firstname.lastname@example.org Fact Sheet New store fast facts • New location: 11465 Washington Street, Northglenn, Colo. • Tentative opening date is October 21st, 2008 • 12,800 square foot store • Additional pad site to be developed on the south side of the site • Vitamin Cottage was started by the Phillip and Margaret Isley • First storefront opened in Lakewood in 1963 Attached below are photos of the green building components during construction.