Bike-friendly convenience store blows past sales targets and prepares to expand

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Bike parking at Green Zebra Grocery-16

Bike parking at Green Zebra Grocery.
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The “healthy convenience store” startup founded by the former CEO of New Seasons Market says it’s exceeded its sales expectations thanks in part to even more non-car traffic than expected.

Last year, Green Zebra Grocery founder Lisa Sedlar told us she needed about 400 to 600 transactions a day for her model — higher quality, higher prices — to be viable. She was also counting on 30 percent of those customers to arrive by means other than a car — if only to prevent the 14-space parking lot from filling up.

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Green Zebra Grocery wants to be the bike-friendly Plaid Pantry

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Green Zebra CEO Sedlar wears a pink hardhat on site. Like a boss.
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Lisa Sedlar is on a mission to do for the Portland mini-mart what Burgerville did for fast food and New Seasons did for grocery stores.

Her plan starts in North Portland next month and is intended to expand to Southeast soon after.

Here’s what the plan looks like: A huge, curving salad bar area at the front of the room, with fresh grab-and-go sandwiches, four cook-from-scratch soups and freshly cooked Indian food. A “microroast coffee of the week.” A meat department that includes grass-fed beef. Beer, wine and kombucha on tap, with tables on the patio out front. All of it in 7,000 square feet.

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