Natural Grocers to moderate store growth

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage on Thursday said it expected to build fewer new stores — and post modest same-store sales  — in its new fiscal year.

That news came as the Lakewood, Colo.-based natural foods retailer said earnings were down by 49.3% in its fiscal fourth quarter citing in part higher expenses associated with new stores, and a modest 0.3% comp-store sales gain.

“We continued to execute our core strategies during the fourth quarter while

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