PORTLAND -- A new concept in neighborhood grocery shopping is ready to open in North Portland.
Green Zebra is a healthy alternative to the typical convenience store -- a lemongrass drink is their version of a Slurpee. The idea behind Green Zebra is that of Lisa Sedler, a former CEO of New Seasons Market.
The store on North Lombard Street in the Kenton neighborhood will be her first.
It's a $2 million conversion of what was a Chinese restaurant. The concept is about convenience; a corner neighborhood store that provides a healthy menu and all the essentials.
There's a kitchen for making soups and other deli items, butcher shop and a selection of fish. There's also local wine and beer, and Kombucha tea on tap.
“For us this is what it means to be a convenience store,” Sedler stated. “Not the rolling hotdogs, the cigarettes or the lottery tickets. It's about health. We're redefining the American convenience store.”
The store is designed for a 20 minute neighborhood, where residents bike or walk to do most of their shopping. There's a bike fix-it vending machine in case of a flat. There are even cargo bikes to loan. A bike-up window opens at 7a.m. for coffee or for a gallon of milk.
Around 70 percent of the store’s inventory is regionally sourced and those using food stamps will get a 7 percent discount.
Two other Green Zebras are planned for next year in the Woodstock and Richmond neighborhoods.
The grand opening was set for Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., at 3011 North Lombard Street.