Denver - Design District - Alameda and Broadway
368 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
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.
Complete foundational training in Store Management responsibilities at the Natural Grocers’ Training Center in Golden, CO.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The opportunity to work in a diverse environment in the home state of Natual Grocers enticed me. I personally was excited to be the only Produce Manager in my round of the program! I was happy to show people that even as a produce manager with no SAP training it can be learned, and you can succeed and lead a store! My favorite part of the program was getting to learn all aspects of each department. I also enjoyed the monthly seminars, where we get to catch up with the other SMART trainees. Most of all I enjoyed getting to work with The SMART Program Manager and learn from her. She is incredible in all that she does and is extremely passionate about the success of each of us.
When I was considering applying for the SMART Program, the biggest appeal to me was the amount of time and detail the training program was going provide me. I felt that after the program was finished, I would have all the tools to lead a team and run a successful store. After completing the program my favorite part of the training is how much support and detail that goes into providing us (The SMART Trainees) with the proper tools in order to build successful managers.
I also liked that we train in each department for four weeks with the current Department Managers and get to learn all the tricks of the departments. This allowed me to see what it takes to run a successful department and what to expect from my Department Managers for my role as a Store Manager. The SMART Program Manager does a wonderful job at assisting us the whole way through the training to make sure that I feel comfortable taking on a store after completing the program.
The opportunity to work in a diverse environment in the home state of Natural Grocers enticed me. I personally was excited to be the only Produce Manager in my round of the program! I was happy to show people that even as a produce manager with no SAP training it can be learned, and you can succeed and lead a store! My favorite part of the program was getting to learn all aspects of each department. I also enjoyed the monthly seminars, where we get to catch up with the other SMART trainees. Most of all I enjoyed getting to work with The SMART Program Manager and learn from her. She is incredible in all that she does and is extremely passionate about the success of each of us.
Since I came from an outlying store in Iowa, I think what initially intrigued me about the SMART program was the opportunity to be immersed into the Natural Grocers' culture. Being able to get a taste of how the SSC, Home Office, and the abundance of stores in the front range area operate has given me a new perspective and better understanding of Natural Grocers' in general. Working in each department with the diverse crew members that we have, while still maintaining a whole store view is far more beneficial than I ever thought it could be.