Green Zebra Grocery is set to open its second store in Portland’s Lloyd District, early next year, following successfully raising $2.5 Million in capital in order to fund the expansion.
Green Zebra will be the anchor tenant for Portland’s “newest neighborhood,” known as Hassalo on Eighth.
“We are thrilled to welcome Green Zebra to Hassalo on Eighth,” said John Chamberlain, President and CEO of American Assets Trust Inc. “Green Zebra is the perfect addition for our new development, and will quickly become a favorite shopping destination for the local residents and office workers in the Lloyd District.”
The new Green Zebra Grocery will be located at 8203 SF and will open in early 2016.
Commenting on the second store, founder and CEO Lisa Sedlar remarked. “We love the Lloyd neighborhood and we’re super enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring healthy, local, organic foods to eaters in the neighborhood. In addition to serving the residents of Hassalo on Eighth and the Lloyd District, our small format store will be convenient for our neighbors in Sullivan’s Gulch, Irvington, and the Central Eastside, as well as the thousands of folks who work in the neighborhood.”
“It feels great to be part of the Lloyd District’s transformation to a more vibrant, active, healthy, eco neighborhood. We estimate that half of our eaters will get to our store by walking, biking or public transportation,” Sedlar added.
The new Green Zebra will offer local produce, sustainable meat and seafood, a full deli and salad bar, beer and wine, everyday grocery items, a coffee and tea bar, and seating for lunch and dinner.
Green Zebra’s first store, in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, has been open for just under two years and has already had a big impact on the local food economy. The store employs nearly 50 people, with a minimum wage of $11.10/hr and offers health insurance to both full and part-time staff members and their dependants.
They purchase sustainably-raised, local and organic products from over 60 Pacific Northwest growers, ranchers, fishers and grocery vendors.
The company, whose stated mission is to “increase access to healthy food,” also has plans to open more stores in Portland in the next two years, including a location in the Richmond neighborhood.
“There is still definitely going to be a Green Zebra at SE 50th and Division” Sedlar said. “There are some moving pieces on that project and we hope to have a more substantive update very soon. We’ve heard from our neighbors in SE Portland that they are eager for us to be there, and we’re very grateful for their support and patience.”
The new Green Zebra Grocery in the Lloyd will employ 40-50 people and the company said they would be announcing open positions and a job fair date in the coming months.
Green Zebra Grocery is pioneering a new model of a convenience store offering fresh food, healthy products, and delicious prepared foods cooked from scratch in the store.