GROWING demand for organic fruit, vegetables and wholefoods is behind a new shift on the Border.
North Albury business Almar Organics opened in South Albury on Wednesday after it outgrew its original premises.
Mr Hall said the venture’s small retail outlet in Union Road had developed in a surprising way.
“Initially the business was box-focused and delivery-focused,” he said.
“But the shopping and browsing and traditional retail side of the business grew faster than the boxes.
“People wanted to shop with their eyes and their noses.”
Ms Hall said they now offered a wide range of bulk wholefoods at their larger Nurigong Street premises.
“We have organic, biodynamic and Australian-grown wholefoods,” she said.
“We’re also offering bulk cleaning products – we really want to encourage people buying in bulk – so they can bring their own jars in or take ours and return them to refill.”
Mr Hall said Almar Organics went plastic-free in mid-2017.
He said they only offered reusable bags and boxes to shoppers, stocked reusable jars and packed fruit and vegetables boxes in biodegradable liners.
“We use glass storage at home and we’ve just rolled into the business what we do at home,” he said.
Ms Hall said the new premises would allow them to host health practitioners.
She said nutritionist/naturopath Anna Fogarty would offer consultations on the first and third Mondays of the month with other professionals to come on board in future.
“We will offer workshops every four to six weeks,” he said.
There will be a section reserved for Border-grown produce and a children’s station with free fruit while parents shop.
Almar Organics shoppers are invited to a paella night out the front of the business, on the corner of Nurigong and Kiewa streets, on April 13 from 6pm.