Former Trader Joe's President Plans to Open Dorchester Market for People in Need
The former head of an eclectic grocery store chain is looking to open a market in a Boston neighborhood, and it would apparently be selling "expired" foods to low-income folks.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Doug Rauch, the ex-president of Trader Joe's, is hoping to bring a 10,000-square-foot food store to Dorchester as part of his Urban Food Initiative. The article says that the market would be stocked with foods that are near or just past their sell-by dates that may otherwise go to waste, and would include healthy takeout items, packaged vegetables, and milk at low prices. A teaching kitchen would also be part of the store, which would be in a building that is owned by the Codman Square Health Center, according to the Globe.
The article mentions that Massachusetts state law allows for the selling of expired food in stores, though it must be "wholesome" and "aesthetically pleasing," and it has to be marked as expired and in a separate area from products that have not yet reached their sell-by date.