That’s intended to put the store’s prices within reach for households that can’t normally afford organic food, though the store also will sell non-organic food.
“Our main thing is, we want to encourage people to buy a whole chicken instead of a breast,” Eggert said. “We’ll say, ‘Look, you can make three meals out of it instead of one.'”
A third of the 7,500-square-foot space is set aside for a teaching kitchen and classroom where staff will offer free classes on food topics, from cooking basics to planning a diet for specific health conditions, like diabetes.
“We’re not going to be all things for all people,” Eggert said. “If somebody wants a specialty olive oil, my response would be to go to New Seasons or
Basics also runs a small store at
Eggert hopes to build a pipeline of food from the first Basics store to the lunch program, and then perhaps replicate the program with new food pantries partnered with other stores.
“We’re trying to design everything so we don’t have any waste out the back door,” Eggert said.
The first location, in a new building at the former restaurant site at
Eggert was the president and part-owner when
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