Organic grocers are growing — and getting even greener
May 19, 2014

The demand for organic, healthy food is leading to more shelf space in traditional grocers and leases for dedicated organic stores.

The category killer, Whole Foods, recently opened a 56,000-square-foot store next to the Gowanus Canal at 214 Third St. in Brooklyn where it has taken green building to a whole new level.

The company has also just joined the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge and is committing to a 20 percent energy reduction by 2020 across its entire portfolio. Eight stores are already open in the city.

“They’re also sharing what they are doing so smaller retail operations can learn and achieve greater efficiencies,” explained Maria Vargas, director of the Better Buildings Challenge and senior program advisor, DOE...

But Patrick Breslin, executive vice president of Studley Retail, worries the city’s neighborhood markets are being driven out of business. “The Whole Foods of the world are driving the local grocers out of business and no new Asian markets are opening,” he observed.

Organic grocers are growing — and getting even greener

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