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 14,000 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!