Green convenience store opens in Portland

Green convenience store opens in Portland

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 10:01 AM

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.

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