SMART Training Program Manager

The Store Manager Accelerated Readiness Training (SMART) Program provides fast-tracked training to highly-motivated and ambitious retail professionals. The SMART Program provides you with all the skills needed to be a successful Natural Grocers Store Manager in nine exciting months of focused training. 


Month 1

Complete foundational training in Store Management responsibilities at the Natural Grocers’ Training Center in Golden, CO.


Months 2-8

Master the daily operations of each department (Body care, Dairy/Frozen, Grocery, Produce, Receiving, Vitamins) in a live store environment and receive mentorship from an acting Store Manager on how to lead your future team to success. (This training takes place at stores located throughout the Denver Metro area).


Month 9

Lead a store in managerial transition or support the New Store Operations Team. This 2-6 week period is your opportunity to put into practice all that you've learned.


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SMART Program Graduate




What led me to the SMART Program? I was fortunate, the store I was working at is a SMART Program training store. I was able to see firsthand how the program worked, as well as the amazing benefits of the program. I was able to communicate with the Program Manager weekly and ask lots of questions to see if it was a good fit for me.

My favorite part of the program was being able to work in each department for a month. I feel as though it enables you to experience most scenarios that happen in each dept.

I loved being able to integrate and assimilate into a store over the longer training period. It allows you to apply the training to real scenarios as they happen in the store.

I appreciate how extensive the training is, because of how prepared you are.




Meet the Program Manager




Billie Brabble is the SMART Program Manager at Natural Grocers, where she uses her passion for career development to train new generations of company leaders for successful management careers. Billie has over 10 years of experience in natural foods retail with six years in store management. She uses her industry experience to develop leadership and operational skills through a structured training program and one on one mentorship.

Billie grew up in the small mountain town of Nederland CO. She is a lover of classic science fiction books, including the works of Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. Her primary hobby is creating art in various mediums, including painting, mosaic and polymer clay.