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You wouldn’t believe how many different things in this grocery store are reused

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When the Vancouver-based grocer Nada set out to open its first store, founders Brianne Miller and Alison Carr knew the design couldn’t just be something off the shelf. As a packaging-free grocer, where customers use empty pickle jars and salsa tubs to bring home the goods they buy, Nada’s ethos of reuse had to be integrated into the way the store looked and felt.

[Photo: Nada]“We are big proponents of making use of things that already exist. It’s one of the best things we can do for the planet,” Miller says. “We really wanted everything we did to reflect that.”

So along with designers from the firm ZAS Architects, they began scouring the market for secondhand materials to outfit the space. At the same time, a Sears department store in the area went out of business. Suddenly the market was flooded with retail store furnishings.

[Photo: Nada]“It ended up being a bit of a perfect storm,” says ZAS Architects’ Leigh Collyer. “They were literally closing their doors at that moment, so they put pretty much everything in the........

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