Bio-Planet opens its third Bio-Planet store in the province of Walloon Brabant, in Corbais

On Wednesday 30 October, Bio-Planet will open its 31st store in Corbais, the third in the province of Walloon Brabant, after those in Nivelles and Braine-l’Alleud. In keeping with Bio-Planet’s commitment, this zero fossil energy supermarket intends to incorporate as many regional products into its range as possible. Its customers will also find a series of bulk products, which will contribute to reducing packaging. The opening celebration will take place on 29 October.

Third Bio-Planet in Walloon Brabant

Bio-Planet opens its 31st store and the ninth in Wallonia. It is also the first in eastern Walloon Brabant. Fabrice Gobbato, Director of Bio-Planet: “We are opening two to three stores per year in Wallonia. Corbais is located in the heart of a rural and residential region where there is great interest in sustainable products. We have therefore decided to open our third shop in the province.” The new supermarket employs 12 employees. It is located on rue Haute, at the crossroads with the Grand-Route (formerly the Nationale 4) and therefore benefits from easy and central access in this large area.

 

Sale of bulk products

To meet customers’ expectations wishing to avoid packaging and to take away the desired quantity of products in their own containers (bags, boxes, bottles, etc.), Bio-Planet is expanding its range of bulk products beyond the fresh food area. Fabrice Gobbato: “At this stage, the products concerned are dried fruit, nuts, breakfast cereals, grains and snacks. It is also a way of pursuing our objectives to reduce plastic packaging.” This concept will be implemented in Corbais before being applied to the whole chain.

 

A 100% sustainable product range

Over 600 m², the Bio-Planet in Corbais offers a complete range of healthy, environmentally-friendly, organic and fair trade products. The cheeses, vegetarian products and fresh meat products are cut and prepared on-site. Furthermore, Bio-Planet offers a wide range of products for people suffering from food allergies or intolerances, as well as an entire range of plant-based products for flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans. In order to prioritise short supply chains, the Bio-Planet in Corbais is committed to expanding its range of regional products as much as possible. A list of local suppliers is also displayed in-store.

 

Sustainable construction

Insulation, ventilation, heating, lighting… Great attention has been paid to the sustainable characteristics of the store. For example, the refrigeration installation runs on propane and emits approximately 90% less greenhouse gases than a conventional one. Fabrice Gobbato: “The ventilation system automatically adjusts to the air quality and enables us to avoid a 30% loss of energy.” Electricity consumption is reduced by 30% thanks to LED lighting. The partially green façade and roof contribute to insulating the building, while supporting biodiversity. Finally the 49-space car park has two charging stations for electric cars and bicycles, as well as covered spaces for bicycles.

 

Opening celebration

Bio-Planet cordially invites the inhabitants of the region to discover the new store during an opening celebration on Tuesday 29 October, from 5 p.m. The official opening is planned for Wednesday 30 October. The Bio-Planet in Corbais will be open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and on Fridays until 8 p.m.

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About Bio-Planet

Bio-Planet is the organic 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.

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