POPULAR Portland-based grocery retailer Green Zebra will close its doors at the end of the month.
All three Oregon locations will close on March 31 after ten years.
The chain worked to redefine what convenience stores could be.
Green Zebra prided itself on selling locally sourced fresh produce, meat and food – no cigarettes and candy.
The stores also offered shoppers a coffee bar, nutritious, freshly prepared meals, and kombucha zlurpees.
From an employee perspective, Green Zebra offered affordable health insurance and a fair-paying workplace, with the company’s internal minimum wage increasing seven times since it opened in 2013.
Green Zebra founder and CEO Lisa Sedlar cited the pandemic and inflation as reasons for the closure.
“We’ve held onto a common thread since the beginning of the pandemic and have been in austerity mode ever since,” Sedlar said in a statement.
“We’ve seen 9 straight quarters of increases in our costs for goods, packaging, fuel, insurance, taxes, freight charges and just about everything.
“Combine that with supply chain and labor shortages and razor-thin food margins, and we just couldn’t overcome all the obstacles.
“We definitely gave everything and fought the good fight. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.”
Sedlar encouraged locals to continue shopping in stores through the end of the month.
“I want to express my deep gratitude and love to our truly amazing team members, loyal customers, seller friends, landlords, investors and everyone who has helped us along this journey,” she said.
“It has been a great honor to serve our local community over the past 10 years and we are beyond disappointed that we have not been able to meet the challenges of the global pandemic and current economic conditions.
“I’m often asked if shopping locally makes a difference and my answer is a resounding YES!
“Now more than ever, small businesses need our support.”
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