We are officially open at 1130 Wellington Str. West in Ottawa!

After what was an incredible and inspiring official opening weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to say an official thank you to all of you.

Thank you to everyone that has supported NU, from the time when it was just a vision, all the way to opening our doors in the Hintonburg neighbourhood and becoming the first zero-waste grocery store in Canada’s capital.

We’ve felt the love in the months leading up to our opening and that feeling was multiplied by the presence of the many passionate people who came by to celebrate our official opening this Saturday.

We’re grateful for the thousands of people that shared our story online and the hundreds that came to the store, reusable containers and shopping bags in hand, ready to be a part of the first steps of what will be an incredible, zero-waste journey for Ottawa.

We’re especially thankful for the presence of our local partners and words of support from Counsellor Jeff Leiper, Mayor Jim Watson, and Federal Environment Minister and Ottawa Center MP Catherine McKenna. We look forward to working together to eliminate waste and to build the most sustainable capital in the world!

After seeing hundreds of people of all ages, we are starting the week feeling inspired by the passion so many of us share for our city, country, and planet. NU might be the first zero-waste store in Ottawa, but we feel that we’re all onto something bigger than mason jars, reusable mugs or tote bags.

We’re starting a movement, one purchase at a time, and as Coun. Jeff Leiper said, “let’s vote with our wallets.” 

NU is here to help you do just that – making your zero-waste purchase possible every day between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at 1130 Wellington, right beside our friends at Stella Luna.

If you weren’t able to come by this weekend, we’ve shared what happened on our Facebook page! Then, whenever you have the chance, round up your reusable containers and come by the store! We’d love to meet you and chat about everything zero-waste.

For those of us that are new to zero-waste, and might feel a little lost – don’t worry! Our store staff (“Nubies”) will be happy to answer the questions that we heard most often this opening weekend. Check back here for more on that later this week!

Once again, MERCI!

Julie Lopez for #TeamNU

Our Grand Opening is getting closer!

Our Grand Opening is on SATURDAY AUGUST 19, but our doors are open for business since last Saturday August 12 for a week of “soft opening”.

We have all the dry foods – nuts, grains, beans, seeds etc. – as well as cleaning products, beauty products and zero waste accessories. So come in, check out the store, chat with us and get yourself some #zerowaste goodies as we gradually stock up the shelves.

Expect a fully stocked store for AUGUST 19, with local produce, dairy and other fresh products joining in.


We are hiring our NUbies! (Store Staff)

You are friendly and customer-oriented. You learn quickly, work hard and can be counted on. You are passionate about the environment and consider waste as an important issue.

Sounds like you? Then you have what it takes to be a NUbie! Click on the JOBS tab in the menu bar to read the detailed job description and how to apply for this position.

Your NU Team


We are hiring our Store Manager!

Do you have experience in food retail at a similar level? Are you great at managing and motivating people? Are you organized and hard-working? Are you a problem solver with a positive outlook? Do you have a passion for the environment and consider waste as an important issue that needs to be tackled? Do you want to be part of a great team?

Sounds like you? Then you have what it takes to be our #numazing Store Manager! Click on the JOBS tab in the menu bar to read the detailed job description and how to apply for this position.

Your NU Team

We’re launching our Online Store!

NU Grocery is not open yet, but our NU Online Store is! At NU Online, you can choose from 40+ accessories that we use regularly in our daily lives as “zero wasters”.

We’ve tested them over months, and for each of them, we give you our honest opinion and tips to help you on your own journey towards simple and waste-free living. We will increase our online offer week after week, and are curious to know what YOU want to find. Let us know by emailing or send us a message on social media. 

Check it out, and start your #zerowaste transition now! Just click on ONLINE STORE in the menu bar.

Your NU Team

Hintonburg, nous voilà!

We kept our location a secret for months but it’s time to break the news! NU is opening this summer on Wellington West in Ottawa’s Hintonburg neighbourhood. We are thrilled to join this dynamic community and are excited about our 1700 square feet space in the new Tamarack building. It is a blank canvass and there is a lot to do to turn it into the beautiful store that we have in mind, but the dream is becoming reality!

Hintonburgers, get ready to #ShopTheNUWay! And if you don’t live here, we hope that you will come and visit nevertheless.

We’re starting work on the space in June and will keep you posted on the progress. Thank you for all the messages of support that we have received in the past months – they mean a lot to us and will keep us energized as we enter the home stretch! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @nugrocery and keep sending us your comments and ideas.

Your NU Team