The fledgling Green Zebra Grocery chain opened its second location last month with a “Zebra Brigade” of zebra-striped bicycles riding from the grocer’s original Kenton store to its new store in the Lloyd district at 808 N.E. Multnomah St., handing out coupons along the way.
“The Lloyd district is a perfect place for Green Zebra’s smaller urban grocery store,” said Lisa Sedlar, Green Zebra’s CEO. “The days of driving to a big store and parking in a big lot and doing the big shop are a thing of the past. It’s time-consuming and wasteful. Eaters today want the convenience of shopping by the meal and our store is tailor-made for that.”
“Lisa and her team at Green Zebra understand that working with the community is a great way to be successful,” said Kathryn Doherty-Chapman, program manager at Go Lloyd, the Lloyd District-based transportation organization. “From sponsoring our walking maps and catering our events, to helping us install a pollinator corridor on the Multnomah Street bike-way – before they even opened here – they’ve been a font of ideas and enthusiasm.”
Since opening its first store in 2013, Green Zebra’s stated mission has been to increase access to healthy food with a small-format, urban model. Small, local food makers receive mentoring from the grocer and Green Zebra is often the first store to offer their products on the shelves. Green Zebra aims to support the neighborhoods it serves with volunteering, cash donations, and in-kind contributions to groups within two miles of their stores. The store’s employee tee-shirts are printed by students at nearby Benson High School.
The new store, just west of Lloyd Center, features an expanded “grab-and-go” selection, a “ZeBar,” where customers can sit and enjoy a pint, and Portland’s first grocery-based “Crowler” station – which delivers a growler in a can that is sealed on the spot with a pop top to keep the beer fresh longer than a traditional growler.
For more information about the store, visit greenzebragrocery.com.