By JUDY SHERIDAN
ALEDO – Justin Winton, owner and general manager of Bulk & Bunches on North FM Road 1187 in Aledo, said area residents — especially moms — have shown a lot of interest in his new natural foods store.
The small store, which had a grand opening a month ago, handles organic and natural groceries exclusively, shunning products with preservatives and artificial ingredients, Winton said.
Grass-fed Angus beef, raised without antibiotics or hormones by Aledo veterinarian Glenn Rogers, is a featured item.
More than 400 would-be customers have browsed the shelves of Bulk & Bunches since the specialty store’s soft opening two months ago, he said, many suggesting he stock their favorite hard-to-find items.
“The business has been well received,” he said, pulling out a clipboard lined with requests. “People tell me they’re glad I’m here.”
A 2001 Aledo High School graduate with a BBA and MBA from University of Texas in Arlington, Winton is living his dream of being an entrepreneur.
In business school he found he liked the environment of Whole Foods and gradually meshed his interest in business with an interest in organic foods.
His mindset was healthy to start with, Winton admitted, but the clincher was savoring a turkey sandwich and a bowl of soup served at an organic café in Denton.
“I felt like I could taste and trust the food I was eating,” he said. “It was full of flavor, and I could read and understand the ingredients.”
A convert to the organic lifestyle, Winton now believes he is reaping an abundance of energy — enough to more than shoulder his 80-hour work week.
“I like being healthy,” he said, “and I have a genuine interest in helping people get healthier.”
Bulk & Bunches, which should soon boast more visible signage near the Aledo Medicine Store, offers an assortment of food products: fresh, canned, boxed and frozen.