Meet the Managers: Store Manager, Steve

Meet the Managers of Valley Natural Foods

October is National Cooperative Month and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate all month long.

We wouldn’t be what we are today without our shoppers and member-owners, we wouldn’t be who we are without the leadership of our managers!

This month, we’ll be introducing all of our store managers and give you a glimpse into who they are, why they love being a part of VNF, and what they love outside of the co-op.

To kick off our month of “Meet The Managers” we’re excited to introduce you to Steve – our fearless store manager!


How long have you been at Valley Natural Foods? 7 ½ years. I started out as the grocery manager for two years before becoming VNF’s store manager. 

Why do you love being a part of a co-op? We are member-owned, member-governed, and operate for the benefit of our members. We offer access to healthier food and my investment in the Co-op is an investment in the community. It’s a labor of love! We provide practical solutions to many economic, environmental, and social problems. I truly love being a part of something that is bigger than just me. Plus, we implement just and equitable practices that won’t exploit people or the planet.

What’s your favorite part of your role at VNF? I love the people I work with and the people who shop here!

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? Landscaping, Duluth excursions, Facetime my Grandchildren and family

What are 3 things you can’t live without and why? Family, Food, Sports

What was the last TV show you binged or book you read? Chuck – all 5 seasons 😉

What’s your go-to coffee/tea order? Dark Roast Coffee and Hazelnut spritz

Do you have any pets? We have one dog, Phoebe (a Dachshund), and two cats (Gizmo and Juniper are brothers)

Anything else you like to share about who you are and why you love Valley Natural Foods? I’m a “foodie” at heart, so this really is the perfect place for me!

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