Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Celebrating 10 Years: You’re the Reason We’re Still Local After All These Years!

Can you believe it’s been a decade already? Ten years ago, our three founding families shared a vision of what a neighborhood market should be. We wanted to create community stores with a wide selection of fresh and local foods, where grocery shopping would be easy and fun. To make that happen, we knew we would need knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff who would be eager to go the extra mile to make sure each customer has an enjoyable shopping experience. We wanted our stores to help strengthen our regional food economy and to be actively involved in the community, supporting the organizations that give our neighborhoods character. On Leap Day 2000, we made the leap and opened the doors of our very first New Seasons Market in Raleigh Hills.

We’ve grown a lot since then, expanding from 64 staff members to over 1,700, and we'll open our 10th store this fall. We couldn’t have come this far without you. You voted with your dollars to help sustain local farmers, fishers, ranchers and artisans. With your support, we’ve built solid partnerships with hundreds of local food producers, like Kathy Panner, allowing them to grow their
own businesses and employ even more people in our community. You’ve also made it possible for us to contribute millions of dollars to thousands of nonprofits in the area. Check out our 2010 Sustainability Report for details about how we’re giving back to our community and how we’re fulfilling the vision that inspired us.

Stop by and celebrate our anniversary with us. We’ll have outrageous prices on all your favorite foods, with some items priced the same as they were the year we first opened! Plus we’ll be giving away lots of great prizes, including a Smart Car (yes, a Smart Car!), 10 snowboards and over $3,000 in New Seasons Market gift cards. We’ll have lots of fun events and special activities just for kids. So come on by, enter to win and enjoy the festivities.

Got a special New Seasons Market story you’d like to share? Maybe you met your sweetie in the aisles, enjoyed a Farm Plate Special with a good friend or found a parking space on a Saturday! Let us know, we’d love to hear it.

Lisa Sedlar
President and COO