• Trader Joe's: This national chain has operated its only Dayton-area store in Kettering since 2002, and it is expanding its square footage by 25 percent. Known for bulk buying, signature items and low prices.
• Whole Foods Market: After skirting the Dayton area in favor of Cincinnati and Columbus for years, the national chain opened a store in Washington Twp. last year. Specializes in sustainable, organic, natural and/or fair trade items.
Keep in mind, the organic-food trend has not been ignored by other large chains with a significant presence in the Miami Valley, including Kroger, Meijer, ALDI, Walmart and Target, all of which have upped their game when it comes to organic and natural-food offerings.