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04/09/2021

The Big Carrot adds two new additions

A vacated retail shop opened up expansion opportunities for the natural grocer

The Big Carrot Danforth Community Market in Toronto is expanding with two new additions.

The natural grocer’s Body Care department is relocating across from the main store in the Carrot Common courtyard—a destination shopping area and public space.

The spot (formerly a health centre) will become The Big Carrot’s new Beauty & Wellness Boutique. The 850-sq.-ft. space will feature a smaller, curated offering of the top beauty and wellness products the retailer’s customers have come to love.

The Beauty & Wellness Boutique will also give customers internal access to The Big Carrot’s Dispensary next door. The Dispensary offers a variety of products such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, probiotics and superfoods.

“When the space became vacant, we thought it was a great opportunity to unify our Body Care department and Dispensary,” says Laura Iamundo, marketing manager/project manager at The Big Carrot Community Market, which has a second location in the Beach neighbourhood. “Joining the two spaces will allow us to better serve customers and give them a one-stop for all their wellness and body-care needs.”

In the main store, The Big Carrot is converting the former Body Care space into a new waste-free shopping experience. Called, “Unpacked by The Big Carrot,” the 1,800-sq.-ft. department will feature unpackaged products from various departments such as bulk, eco-home, grocery, dispensary and body care. Shoppers will be able to fill and refill their own reusable containers and bags with the products. Details of the bring-your-own-container program are being worked out given COVID-19 safety protocols.

“Waste-free living and sustainability is gaining momentum and people are increasingly conscious about how their retail footprint makes a difference in the world,” says Iamundo. “There’s demand from customers to see more accountability for sustainability and The Big Carrot has always been a champion of sustainability practices. Our Body Care department was such a big space, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to open up a waste-free zone.”

The new spaces are expected to open in late spring.