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Sustainable supermarket Färm will open new store in Brussels (and wants to expand in the whole of Belgium)

Färm today a fourth bio-supermarket opened in Brussels. At 2019 wants another twelve shops open and expand to the whole country.

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Färm had three biowinkels in Brussels. The new shop in Uccle is the first franchisesupermarkt of the young company. At 2019 wants the cooperative organic grocery chain another twelve shops open and expand to the whole country.

Don’t just biowinkel against Färm. The concept is also a cooperative of multiple biowinkels in an urban environment. The shops positioning themselves as the missing link between wholesale and biospeciaalzaak.

Priority are extremely fresh meal of vegetables and fruit, meat and cheese but you can also buy bread and a mass of other products, from edible flowers to perfumes, kitchenware and products for body care.

The shareholding is open to everyone; customers, supporters, suppliers and the coöperatoren have a say.

Now has Färm 318 coöperanten, all of which can participate in the management, and the chain is good for 50 jobs.

The store in Bascule in Uccle, is the first of its kind, but Färm provides many more branches, mainly in Wallonia and Brussels. At 2019, it wants to expand to 16 supermarkets.

Where the new shops will come, is not yet decided. But färm is an urban concept and aims clearly on the large cities. And it is committed by its charter to respect for people and the environment. “We want sustainable mobility promoting. Our stores should be easy to reach by tram, bus or bike, ” says Baptiste Bataille, one of the two founders of färm.

Färm started in 2009 as an organic grocery store. In 2013 the cooperative was founded, and there was a second shop. Today, there are one supermarket and three hypermarkets in the capital.

The founders, Alexis Descampe and Baptiste Bataille, both of them are biologist by training. (DB)

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