Green Aisle Grocery, what is possibly the smallest specialty grocer to ever exist, is expanding in a big way by adding a second location.
The new spot will be in the former Betty’s Speakeasy and Juice! space at 2241 Grays Ferry Ave., across from the recently announced pedestrian plaza near 23rd and South streets.
Brothers Adam and Andrew Erace are shooting for next month to open the new store, which will be about five times the size of the 260-square-foot matchbox at 1618 E. Passyunk Ave. The larger space means more options, including an ice cream counter from local cult favorite Little Baby’s.
“The storefront will give us five times the space of our original location, plus a kitchen that will allow us to expand our private label line of preserves, pickles, nut butters, hot sauce and more,” Adam told us in an email. “We’ll have easy grab-and-go options, as well. Think ready-made salads with local lettuce, fruits and cheeses, Pequea Valley yogurt parfaits swirled with our blueberry cardamom jam and lavender-infused honey, whole grains salads starring Bucks County farro, etc.
“We’ll have all the locally-focused groceries you can find at our Passyunk shop, and then some: a deeper variety of PA and NJ produce, more cheeses from local artisans, refillable bulk cleaning supplies, an even bigger selection of bitters and barware.”
Sounds good. Now when can we expect these new elements in a bigger space a little further south? No plans yet, Adam Erace said. Damn.