Native Sun Named New Store of the Year

September 30, 2016
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Aaron Gottlieb, second from left, accepts award for Best New Store at Natural Products Expo East.

Native Sun Natural Foods Market’s Jacksonville Beach store, located at 1585 3rd Street North, has been named the 2016 Best New Store of the Year by New Hope Network, the leading media company in the Natural Products Industry. The award was announced September 23rd at the largest natural products trade show on the East Coast, Natural Products Expo East, held in Baltimore, Maryland.

The newest Native Sun location recently celebrated its first anniversary and the innovative model has put Native Sun in the national spotlight. According to Christine Kapperman with New Hope Network, “Native Sun’s creativity and curation stands out as a model for new natural foods stores across the nation,” and New Hope Network congratulates Native Sun and the city of Jacksonville.

The award was presented to Aaron and Erica Gottlieb, who opened the first Native Sun location in the Mandarin neighborhood 20 years ago. As the locally owned grocer grows into more neighborhoods, they continue to "strive to create an inviting environment that becomes the center of food and community,” says owner Aaron Gottlieb. “The Jacksonville Beach neighborhood has embraced our market and has made it their own. We are truly blessed to be a part of their lives."


Erica and Aaron Gottlieb


Native Sun is Jacksonville’s own natural and organic grocer, having served the local community since 1996. The company operates three locations in Jacksonville, and all three stores are open from 8am to 8pm Monday thru Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. To stay in touch with the latest updates from Native Sun, follow the store on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or their blog.

Article from Edible Northeast Florida at http://ediblenortheastflorida.ediblecommunities.com/native-sun-named-new-store-of-the-year
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