Vegan products are usually relegated to a tiny section in conventional grocery stores, but Portland, Oregon will soon be home to an entire vegan supermarket.
Veganz, europe’s first and largest vegan grocery store chain, will set up shop in Portland sometime this year, and it is bringing a vegan restaurant and shoe store with it. Based in Berlin, Germany, Veganz currently has locations sprouting up across Eastern Europe, and it will soon open shop in the United Kingdom. This will be Veganz’ first United States location.
Veganz will join Food Fight as Portland’s vegan-only grocery stores, and it will likely offer a comprehensive selection of animal-free and plant-based products. The company sells goods from more than 30 countries, and so far, in all of its branches, it sells 4500 vegan products, from ice cream to cosmetics. Additionally, some of its stores offer vegan cooking classes and in-store dining.
The chain was founded in February 2011 by former Mercedes-Benz manager, Jan Bredack, who became a vegan in 2009. After changing his lifestyle andethical code in 2009, he became inspired to write the book “Vegan für alle: Warum wir richtig leben sollten” (Veganism for everyone: Why we should live right) and create a store plant-based foodies could feel comfortable in.
In 2011, the inspired foodie started the world’s first vegan supermarket and hasn’t looked back.“The decision to open a vegan supermarket came from a potpourri of ideas after coming across various vegan products in the US and Russia,” he says.
He noted that it was difficult to “shop normally” when one adopts a vegan lifestyle, and he wanted to make the switch to veganism more accessible to everyone.
Anyways, There is no word yet on exactly when this year Veganz will open or where it will set up shop in Portland. Happy shopping!!!