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Largest Vegan Grocery Store on Earth Is Set to Expand

Largest Vegan Grocery Store on Earth Is Set to Expand

Viva La Vegan Grocery in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is not your average grocery store. Isaak Iftikhar, co-owner of the store, has stated that the store “shall never sell or profit from any products or services that are not vegan.”  The store does not stock any items containing refined white sugar unless the sugar has been certified as vegan, and they also intend to rigorously verify the ingredients used in all of their products to ensure that none of them have been tested on animals.

Don’t live near Cucamonga? Never fear. In an effort to encourage the growth consuming animal-free products beyond the bounds of their store, they have also established an online shopping page, a recipe forum, and an events page. On the 11th, 12th, and 13th of October, they will be holding a series of special launch events to celebrate the opening of their first store in Santa Monica, Viva La Vegan Express.

In an official statement, Iftikhar clearly outlines the company’s vision for both the Cucamonga and the Santa Monica store: “Viva La Vegan Grocery was established for the sole purpose of ending the unnecessary suffering and exploitation, the adversities to our natural environment, and the impact to human health as a result of the consumption of animals. … Our store gives living form to the ethical idea that a grocery store can be free from all animal products. Any economic gain from the revenue/profit is for the primary purpose of advancing Veganism and not for personal concentrated wealth. We support vegan principles as they prevail over self-interest.”

The expansion of “the largest vegan grocery store” on Earth  – from one branch to two –should give conscious shoppers many reasons to be hopeful. In recent years, the idea eating consciously is gaining more and more recognition within mainstream society, and us green monsters no longer have to “search in vain” for delicious and ethically produced foods, as Light and Sun once did.

Viva La Vegan!

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9 comments on “Largest Vegan Grocery Store on Earth Is Set to Expand”

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4 Years Ago

Please, come to Columbus!!! We have vegans here, vegan bakery, bar, a few restaurants, and could really used a grocery store!

John W Beck
4 Years Ago

I will second John Calabria's call for a Boston store. I would love a place to shop to find some items (like veganaise) that was not Halfoods - oh wait, they call themselves Wholefoods, don't they? While I appreciate Trader Joe's, I know they sell a LOT of dead animal too.

4 Years Ago

Austin, TX would love to have you here!

Nicole Ochoa
30 Jan 2014

COME TO HOUSTON!!!!! Or near here PLEASE!!!

natalie coulter
4 Years Ago

Oh how wonderful to read about such a grocery store. Huge congratulations on your expansion. You deserve to flourish. Come to Sydney and then I can grocery shop!

john calabria
4 Years Ago

come to Boston!! 8^) many thanks for all you do. The animals rejoice in your efforts. -john

I'm Vegan Too
4 Years Ago

Yes, please come to Northern California!!!

A. Chef Ifayomi (EE-fah-YO-me) Victory
4 Years Ago

Congratulations! Thank you for giving the plant-based community more shopping options. Would love to see and I would definitely be in support of you developing into a chain.

I'm Vegan
4 Years Ago

That's awesome. Need to get more of these on the planet. Come to Northern CA next.


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