Posts Tagged ‘supercenters’

London Supermarket Grows Its Own Produce on Roof

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Food from the Sky is London supermarket’s green roof fruit and vegetable garden.  A North London supermarket is growing organic fruits and vegetables in a rooftop garden tended by 20 volunteers aged from three to their 60s.  Thornton’s Budgens calls its project Food from the Sky. The nonprofit venture is a collaboration between Thornton’s Budgens, The Positive Earth Project (a local social enterprise) and the Crouch End community.  All proceeds are reinvested in the project, which is designed to inspire the community on the possibilities for urban food growing and reduce the store’s carbon footprint.  Produce from the 4,844 SF farm will be sold in the shop below.

Andrew Thornton, who owns the store, said “It’s a farm on top of a supermarket.  We as a store are very heavily involved in our community and we are very much behind our local food and this is as local as you can get.  We are hoping that people will take the idea forward and grow their own food in their gardens and allotments.”  According to Azul-Valerie Thorne of the Positive Earth Project, the roof garden has an extremely low carbon footprint since most of the components – such as composters and planters – were donated.  “There is a lot of produce waste (in the shop) that we are bringing up to the roof and we are transforming this into compost.  We are planning to collect rainwater to water our plants,” she said.

Wal-Mart Shakes Up Grocery Scene

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Wal-Mart’s growth strategy is poised to overtake Jewel and Dominick’s as the leader in Chicago’s $12 billion grocery market.  Though not viewed primarily as a place to buy food, Wal-Mart’s new super centers, offer savings in the 10 to 15 percent range over traditional grocery stores.  Wal-Mart currently has 16 grocery stores in Chicago’s suburbs, eight of which have opened in the last 15 months.

This move is part of a national trend favoring big-box retailers which buy in larger volume and have greater control over their supply chains to offset pricing.  It will be interesting to see if Wal-Mart’s move affects the top of the market, where boutique stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats have captured the market for organic produce.

Wal-Mart is not shy about its expansion plans for the Chicago market.  Union and political resistance stalled plans to add to the single Wal-Mart store within city limits.  Suburban communities, on the other hand, welcome the tax dollars that Wal-Mart brings to them.  Current plans call for Wal-Mart to add seven new grocery stores in the Chicago area over the next year.