30th Bio-Planet store opens in the centre of Liège
On Wednesday 19 June, Bio-Planet will open its 30th supermarket in the centre of Liège. It is the second store in the province of Liège, besides Bio-Planet Verviers. Like in Verviers, the store does not consume natural gas or fuel oil and is therefore 100% fossil-fuel free. In the autumn, a Colruyt Group Academy will open on the same site, where customers can attend exciting workshops.
In the heart of Liège
Following Bergen, Charleroi, Braine-l'Alleud, Huy, Jambes, Nivelles and Verviers, the store in Liège is the eighth Bio-Planet shop in Wallonia and the second store in the province of Liège. “Every year, we open two or three new stores in Wallonia,” says Fabrice Gobbato, general manager of Bio-Planet. "Liège is an important region for us. We have noticed a great deal of interest among consumers, so we opened a second store in the province." The new supermarket is located at the intersection of Rue Bernimolin and Boulevard Frankignoul, close to the city centre and Médiacité shopping centre. On 19 September, a brand new Colruyt Group Academy will open in the building next door. The Academy in Liège is currently located in the Hotel Park Inn by Radisson at the airport, and will move to the city centre in mid-September. The first workshops will take place on 21 September.
Bio-Planet Liège has a retail area of 650 m², where customers can find the complete range of around 6,000 food and non-food products. Bio-Planet offers everything that can be found in a supermarket, but everything is 100% sustainable. Customers will find a complete range of healthy, environmentally-friendly, organic, fair trade and local products. Our range of meats, cheeses and vegetarian products are sliced, prepared and packaged in suitable portions, on-site by our own in-house experts and are available from the self-service display. Bio-Planet also offers a wide range of options for people with food intolerances and a plant-based range for flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans. The 12 Bio-Planet employees in Liège are always on hand to give advice or to help with any specific wishes of the customer. "Bio-Planet is also committed to zero waste. For example, the organic food waste produced by our suppliers consisting of bread, cheese and vegetable juices are reused as animal feed. And we consciously opt for sustainable packaging that can be recycled," says Fabrice Gobbato.
100% fossil-fuel free
The store in Liège is 100% fossil-fuel free: no natural gas or fuel oil is used to heat the store. The store is heated by means of the residual heat from the cooling installation. Other environmentally-friendly technologies have also been used. “The fresh produce department and the service counter are cooled by a propane cooling system. This system emits 90% less greenhouse gases than synthetic refrigerants throughout its lifetime,” explains Fabrice Gobbato. “The ventilation system also recovers 75% of the available heat in the air. By continuously measuring the air quality, we can quickly adjust the air flow, which means that we lose 30% less energy. And an air curtain at the entrance keeps out the cold air. As a result, we have succeeded in making our entire store 100% fossil-fuel free."
The electricity is 100% green and is supplied by Eoly, the sustainable energy specialist within Colruyt Group. Using skylights in the roof maximises the available daylight, while the LED lighting provides 30% less energy consumption. There is also a buffer for rainwater to ensure optimal recovery and reuse, for example for the toilets. The green roof and facade boost biodiversity. And in the car park there is a charging station for electric cars and a charging point for electric bikes.
Bio-Planet invites the residents of Liège to a grand opening reception in the new Bio-Planet store on Tuesday, 18 June from 6 pm onwards. The store will be open for shopping on Wednesday, 19 June. The opening times of Bio-Planet Liège will be Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7.30 pm. On Fridays, the store will be open until 8 pm.
Rue Bernimolin 1
Phone: 042 34 65 00
Bio-Planet is the 100 % sustainable supermarket chain of Colruyt Group. The chain offers around 6,000 organic, ecological and environmentally friendly products: from fresh fruit & vegetables, bakery products, meat, pasta and beverages to cleaning products, books and beauty products. These products are selected with the utmost care in terms of organic farming, health and ecological impact. Bio-Planet only stocks what has been made with respect for people and the environment.
In 2001, Bio-Planet opened its first branch in Kortrijk. Today there are some thirty stores all over Belgium and you can also shop online via Collect&Go, Colruyt Group’s online shopping service. This way, the supermarket chain wants to make 'conscious consumption' accessible to everyone. Moreover, the stores are always built using sustainable methods and materials. Bio-Planet employs more than 500 people.