New store will feature a gluten-free bakery
ANCHORAGE – Anchorage’s new Natural Pantry store is getting set to open its doors at the end of March. The new building on 36th Avenue and A Street is a $24-million investment that has twice the floor space as their old store.
Owner Vikki Solberg said the new store will carry the familiar lines of vitamins, body care and supplements, only many more of them. At 45,000 square feet, there’s room for much more.
The Hydration Station is a fresh juice and smoothie bar plus a lounge where customers can dine. There’s also a full-service kitchen offering meals throughout the day.
Solberg said the store has always had a large selection of vegan and vegetarian entrées, but they plan to expand to more food that is gluten-free.
A second kitchen will handle all the gluten-free baking. It has a separate staff, even a separate ventilation system to make sure the food stays pure.
Solberg said their aim is to offer customers healthy, freshly prepared food of all kinds. She said they also plan to expand their other product and grocery lines so that the new store will become a place where people can do all of their shopping.