If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Natural Grocers (NYSE:NGVC) (also known by its full name of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage) is paying some big compliments to Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM), The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM), Trader Joe's and Sprouts. The company is pursuing a growth strategy in the organic/natural food retailing sector that seems to be taking some of the best ideas of these larger chains and coupling them with an even tighter focus on the hard-core healthy eating community. While these shares have had a big run in 2013 and sport pretty robust valuation multiples, it may be hasty to assume that the stock is overpriced today on a long-term basis.
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