Nourish + Bloom Market's Upcoming Launch Will Make It The First Black-Owned Autonomous Grocery Store In The U.S.
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Nourish + Bloom Market's Upcoming Launch Will Make It The First Black-Owned Autonomous Grocery Store In The U.S.

The upcoming launch of Nourish + Bloom Market is about to disrupt traditional grocery stores.

In December, the Fayetteville, Georgia-based market, founded by Jamie Michael and Jilea Hemmings, will be the first Black-owned autonomous grocery store in the U.S., according to a press release.

The Hemmings started their journey into the food industry after their oldest son was diagnosed with Autism. His diagnosis sparked their belief that everyone deserves to eat healthily, and they’re making it happen one step at a time.

Nourish + Bloom Market aims to provide 24/7 access to healthy food, while ensuring a convenient, enjoyable experience.

The grocery store will feature frictionless technology for customers to grab their items and pay without waiting in line. Customers just have to scan a QR Code from Nourish + Bloom’s app that connects to their digital wallet.

“The future of grocery shopping is exciting,” Hemmings said in a press release. “Technology has transformed the way people shop especially after Covid 19. In fact, 87% of consumers prefer to shop in stores with touchless or self-checkout options which create a more frictionless checkout experience.”

In response to how the pandemic has shaped how people buy groceries, the Hemmings have created a sustainable food shopping experience that focuses on personal connections, while still limiting physical contact through technology.

The market’s technology also includes robotic delivery that can switch between hot and cold temperatures, in respect to what’s being delivered. Additionally, the robots are even able to interact with customers.

Nourish + Bloom offers locally-sourced craft items, such as produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals, as well as everyday convenience items. All of the products in the market are minimally processed high-quality ingredients (no GMOs or High Fructose Corn Syrup).

The grocery store will also have a bistro that offers freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner items.