(UPDATED 10/20/17) Description and review of the Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op, located in Midtown Sacramento.
This past weekend I visited the recently relocated Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. The new Co-Op building is located at 2820 R Street in Midtown Sacramento. The entrance is on 29th Street. The new building is a marked improvement over the former Alhambra Boulevard location – both larger in size and with more parking.
In addition to the parking lot in the front of the building, all floors of the Co-Op Parking Garage, located at 28th and S Streets, are open to Co-Op shoppers on weekends and after 6:00 p.m. on weeknights. On weekdays, the first floor of the Co-Op Parking Garage is reserved for Co-Op shoppers. All told – 119 spaces on weekdays before 6:00 p.m. between the parking lot and first floor of the garage. Like I said – a marked improvement!
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I really like the layout of the store, and the aisles are easy to maneuver. All in all – the store is very attractive. I wandered around looking everything over and doing some shopping as I did. The new store has a larger selection of both grocery items and prepared foods. Tip: You do not have to be a member to shop at the Co-Op.
The Co-Op has quite a large deli area. You can either take out or dine in. The selection of foods available in the deli include sushi and pizza, as well as sandwiches and wraps made to order. There is also a self-serve salad bar and a taqueria. I expect that the deli is a big hit at lunchtime with those who work in the surrounding area.
I was shopping at the Co-Op in the morning and I could not help but notice that the on-site bakery was doing a very brisk business.
The fish and the meat and poultry departments were well stocked and had a nice selection. I lingered for a bit looking over the cheese counter with its large selection of artisan cheeses from California and elsewhere. I like the fact that crackers, flatbreads, etc. are located right there at the cheese counter making it very convenient to pick up both items at the same time.
The Co-Op also has a good-sized facility upstairs for its cooking school, as well as a community learning center. I am looking forward to taking a cooking class at the new facility.
I was disappointed when Whole Foods recently decided not to open a store in Midtown, but the new Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op store goes a long way towards reducing my disappointment.
(UPDATED 10/20/17) The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op was voted #1 in the Sacramento Magazine 2017 Best of Sacramento survey for Health Food Store.
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