Think Globally, Act Locali

Construction begins on the eco-friendly, health-conscious c-store concept

Published in CSP Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- Locali Conscious Convenience is set to open its doors this fall. The market, located in Los Angeles, will seek to make healthy eating and eco-friendly household necessities easily accessible to those on the go. It will conveniently connect the community to eco-friendly food, beverage and lifestyle products. By providing easy access to socially and environmentally responsible goods, Locali promotes conscious consumerism and healthy living.

Roughly translated from Italian, locali means "community" or "where it's happening."

Described by its developers as a "hip version [image-nocss] of the mom-and-pop corner store," Locali will also be a place for people in the community to connect with each other and their food sources. There will be an emphasis on local and organic food artisans, producers and growers in the inventory lineup; however, refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified products will be missing from the shelves.

“I like to describe it as the sustainable version of 7-Eleven. We 'll have healthy and eco-friendly versions of the all the typical things you 'd find at a convenience market with the exception of cigarettes and lotto tickets. No clean versions of those,” said Locali CEO Greg Horos. “We 're building to LEED [Leadership in Energy & Environment Design] standards and working with the city of Los Angeles to make sure we can supersede those standards as much as possible. We have a lot of terrific value adds for the community. I 'm most excited that we 're offering exclusively organic and biodynamic wines and beers, too.”

Besides the energy efficient building measures and appliances, Locali Conscious Convenience will also provide for the disposal of compost, in addition to recycling waste. A percentage of the store's proceeds will benefit a variety of local and international charities geared toward improving overall wellness.

The retail space is being designed by MASS Architecture & Design, Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, Kum & Go said that it has broken ground on a new environmentally friendly c-store in Johnston, Iowa. The new store will be the first Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) store for Kum & Go, and the first LEED c-store in the Midwest, it said. Click here for CSP Daily News coverage.