Holland And Barrett Announces Plans To Open An All-Vegan Store
UK health food chain Holland and Barrett has announced its plans to open a fully-vegan store.
CEO of Holland and Barrett, Peter Aldis revealed the exciting news in an interview with The Telegraph.
Talking about his wife he said she loved steak but has recently turned vegan. He said: "My wife loves a steak. She loves the type of steak that you walk past a candle. A good vet could bring it back to life.
"And yet, overnight she turned to a vegan diet. She had been listening, and reading, about it from celebrities and internet vloggers. It convinced her to change."
Now she has become vegan and it "has improved energy and a higher level of focus".
Plant-based living has become more popular nowadays and supermarkets have picked up on that and have started to offer their own healthy eating ranges.
However, Holland and Barrett is planning to go one step further with its new, all-vegan store.
"When I joined the industry you couldn't buy a packet of herbal tea in a supermarket. But now if you go down the supermarket aisles there is probably more space devoted to green teas and fruit teas than to black teas," recalled Peter.
"That used to be one of the front sections of our stores, but we have had to become more specialist."
The CEO continued: "Today there is a trend towards veganism. We are working on a vegan-only store. It is our space and we should be in it. When you do something like that, it is an impossibility for a supermarket to follow."
There is no time-frame as yet for the new branch but fans are thrilled at the news, with one person saying on Twitter: "Great news @holland_barrett! Love the range of @VBitesFoods stuff & different plant-based cheeses in your stores! Excited to see what your vegan shops have in store ."
Another impressed person exclaimed: "So many supermarkets and health stores are recognising the vegan movement. New vegan ranges in Tesco and Asda and now @holland_barrett are making plans to open a fully vegan store! So exciting!!"
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