In November 2019, Community Natural Foods was acquired by Calgary Co-op. Garry desired to see the business grow in order to continue to be competitive in today’s diversified health food environment. He wasn’t interested in working with just anyone, though. He wanted to make sure our loyal customers would continue to receive the quality customer experience they have become accustomed to, and he wanted to see the business remain a Calgary-based one.
When Calgary Co-op heard that there was an opportunity to acquire the business, they saw an immediate synergy. “When Calgary Co-op learned that Community Natural Foods was looking for a buyer, we knew it was a tremendous fit with Calgary Co-op’s operations and aspirations,” Said Ken Keelor, CEO Calgary Co-op. “It allows us to grow our commitment to our community and to health and wellness of Calgarians.”
The two organizations share similar values, including a focus on lessening our environmental footprint and increasing the accessibility of health and wellness options for Calgarians.
“I really want to thank Calgarians for their loyalty and the Community Natural Foods team for their passion to provide our city with natural and organic food at a great price,” says Garry. “It’s been an amazing 42-year journey and it was my personal wish to sell to a buyer who would steward the Community Natural Foods business and brand carefully and thoughtfully. I believe the Calgary Co-op team is the perfect fit as our two organizations share similar values and a deep connection to this community.”
For the foreseeable, Calgary Co-op’s operational plan is to run the three stores and online shopping division very similarly to how they are run today.
Community Natural Foods was founded in 1977 by the Wilkes brothers. The brothers grew Community with the intention of providing Calgarians with natural and organic food at a great price. The business flourished as discerning customers could now find delicious alternatives to the artificial ingredients found in many foods sold at conventional supermarkets.
As the organic revolution grew, the original store on 11th Avenue SW was outgrown and CNF moved to the corner of 14th Street and 10th Avenue SW. Consumer demand later led Community to relocate to its current location, less than a block away at what is now our 10th Avenue Market and Cafe. In 2000, Community expanded yet again and opened its Chinook Station Market located at 202 61 Ave SW. In April 2013, Community opened its third location the Crowfoot Market located at 850 Crowfoot Crescent NW.
At Community Natural Foods we believe in products that care about people, communities and the planet we all share. We carry over 15,000 products and you can expect to find what you are looking for when you shop at a Community Natural Foods, no matter what your dietary or health restrictions may be.
From deli to dairy, our shelves are packed with organic, locally-sourced, fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, supplements, body and home care products. We strive to provide the highest standard of products for our customers, supporting the fair trade, local and organic industries – because we want you to have the very best there is to offer!
From our knowledgeable and passionate staff, to our free to attend expert talks, you can expect an experience like no other when you shop with Community Natural Foods.
If you don't live in Calgary, no worries, you can enjoy the same experience here with us online. You can explore hundreds of recipes, read helpful lifestyle and health articles and buy quality products through our online store.
We hope you love supporting your local Community as much as we do!
Over the years, we’ve become known as the place to learn, to build community and a place to celebrate wellness. As we’ve travelled with people on their wellness journeys, one way they’ve acknowledged the impact we’ve had in their lives is through awards. And we’ve won many of them, many times, which allows us to say with confidence that We’re Calgary’s Favorite!
Kudos to our store staff and customer care department who are fully invested in creating a truly welcoming, understanding experience. Hats off to our category managers, who research every ingredient, to ensure products are effective, are well-priced and, at least when it comes to food, taste great! Way to go, to each and every one of you that makes the path to a great customer experience possible, whether it is stocking shelves, inputting prices, repack, content and signage creation or delivery and fulfillment, it all makes the customers love us. And finally, thank you to our owners and general managers for creating a company culture that fosters relationship with customers over profits.
Our awards reflect the core values of our organization. We’re celebrating 40 years as a family-owned, Calgary-based business and our purpose has never changed: we want to offer all Calgarians access to wellness through effective, natural and organic products at a reasonable price. And we have a deep respect for the earth.
Leaf Award for Restaurant Sustainability
Award: Most Improved 2018
The LEAF program is not about perfection, but about continuous improvement in sustainability, and our Community Cafe has demonstrated commitment to striving for better. When we first became certified in 2012, we were already operating in a sustainable manor - local and sustainable food, sustainable seafood, a high percentage of vegan and vegetarian dishes, wind powered by Bullfrog Power, water-conserving fixtures, composting, and more! Since that time, our Community Cafes have aimed to become a zero-waste facilities, have purchased ENERGY STAR appliances, and became an official OceanWise partner, establishing ourselves amongst the more sustainably run businesses in Calgary.
5 years as recipient of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies – Gold Standard award
What does it take to make the list of Canada’s Best Managed Companies? According to Canadian Business Magazine, “Fearless leadership, relentless innovation, a culture of teamwork and a commitment to change with a dynamic business environment.”
For the 15th consecutive year we’ve won the Calgary Herald Reader’s Choice Award Gold winner in the Health Food/Vitamin Store category
Organic Retailer of the Year – Canadian Organic Trade Association 2017- we are the first recipient of this award.
Calgary’s Child Best Natural Food Store award – (2009-present)
REAP Be Local Awards – Best Mid-Size Business (every year since 2013)
Metro Calgary Community Choice Award for Best health food market (2016, 2017)
Community Citizenship Award - Persons with Development Disabilities Calgary Region (2014)
Canadian Health Food Association – Spotlight on Giving Award (2012 & 2013)
Canadian Fair Trade Award – Best Natural/Health Food Store (2013)
Vibrant Calgary - Vibrant Employer Award (2009 & 2011)
City of Calgary - Commerce Award (2009)
Fast Forward Magazine – Best Place to Buy Organic Food (2009-2014)
Fast Forward Magazine – Best Place to Snag a Stampede Breakfast (2012-2014)
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