Green Zebra Grocery is the name of Lisa Sedlar's new convenience/grocery store concept that is scheduled to open in Portland neighborhoods this year. The new stores will offer local, fresh and healthy foods with the convenience of "grab-n-go". The smaller store footprints will have much less impact on neighborhoods (transportation and congestion) and have the flexibilty to open in many more neighborhoods. Green Zebra Grocery will provide healthy foods choices in urban locations that traditional grocery chains have difficulty locating within.
The first store will open at SE 49th & Woodstook followed closely by a second store at North Lombard & Peninsular. Both stores will be open in 2013.
Green Zebra Grocery’s
Woodstock landlord, Marc Gaudin, is the founder/owner of The Joinery and is
excited about Lisa’s company coming to the neighborhood. “As a longtime
business owner in the Woodstock Neighborhood, I know firsthand how much a good
grocery store is needed,” Gaudin said. “When I heard about Lisa’s concept of
healthy, small stores I thought it would be perfect for the building we just
purchased. The Joinery is committed to community building and sustainability. I
am thrilled to help bring another local business to the neighborhood that
shares our same values and who meets the needs of the neighborhood.” The second store will be located in the Kenton neighborhood at
Lombard Street and Peninsular Avenue. “I am happy to be joining a neighborhood
so active in supporting their community and local businesses,” said Sedlar.
“The time is ripe to bring local, fresh and healthy food further to the
community.” Mike Dyer, the landlord for the Kenton store, was thrilled when
approached about the new venture. “Having grown up in the neighborhood and attended
Roosevelt High School, it means a lot to be able to bring a business that will
enhance the community,” said Dyer.
“Lisa’s new store concept has
had the best response and solicitation from neighborhood community
representatives and landlords that I have seen in over twenty years of
commercial real estate representation” said Craig Sweitzer, Principal and
Founder of Urban Works Real Estate. “We
are pleased to have helped her find these two great neighborhood locations. We
think Lisa’s small stores will help increase the livability of many Portland
Urban Works Real Estate exclusively represents Green Zebra Grocery and is currently looking for additional great neighborhood locations near you...
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