Greens Organic and Natural Market opened over the weekend at 1978 West Broadway and Maple. Greens is independently Canadian-owned and operated, and advertises itself as one of the most environmentally conscious grocery stores in Vancouver.
After all, it’s one of the first grocery stores in Vancouver to take on the zero-waste challenge. According to their website, they’re aiming to join Metro Vancouver in achieving 70% waste diversion by 2015, and hit the 100% mark soon after that. They also promise to work with local suppliers as much as possible. Other green details include not having plastic or paper bags at check out other than reusable totes, as well as printing receipts on both sides to reduce paper wastage.
Of course, no matter how green they are, my main concern was how their prices compare with other stores. Greens told me that they’re still working out their pricing for the first month, and they will try to sell lower than Whole Foods. I was pleased to discover that they are indeed cheaper on some items compared to most green and organics stores. The last time I bought a carton of Almond Breeze for $1.99 was at East Van’s discount store, Sunrise Market. To have such prices offered in Kits is refreshing.
Greens is open 8am – 10pm everyday. They also offer an organic coffee bar and deli. Since Greens is located just a block away from Marketplace IGA, and with the strong presence of Whole Foods/Capers, it would be interesting to see how this competition plays out.
Last modified: March 10, 2010