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.

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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.

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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.

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A week with NU


Granted, last week was not a “typical week” for the NU team. When you organize a conference with Bea Johnson, the guru of the zero waste lifestyle who inspired NU, it is a special week. Even more so when over 300 people attend – men, women, anglophones, francophones, young and old – and the event unfolds without a glitch. Judging by the feedback we received after the talk, it was a success: “inspirational”, “thought-provoking”, “funny”, “awesome” were some of the adjectives used.

Bea laid out her 5R methodology to reduce waste (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot – in this order) and talked about the many benefits of a zero waste lifestyle. Zero Waste is a win for the planet, but it is also a win for us as individuals. When you get rid of all the unnecessary “stuff”, you start living a life based on Being rather than Having – a happier life. Check out our short photo essay about Bea’s visit on our Facebook page.

But this week wasn’t just about the conference. Work on the store is in full swing. Lease negotiations for our location run their course while architects and engineers are already busy designing the space and getting drawings ready. We continue to expand our supplier base, test out new products and develop solutions to sell products packaging-free. We’re also in the midst of creating our online store that will launch in May and will offer our favourite accessories for the zero waste lifestyle.

We continue to educate and raise awareness about waste and responsible consumerism: after a gig at Algonquin College’s Sustainability Conference two weeks ago, we will participate in the OCDSB’s Environmental Stewardship and Collaboration Day in May and talk at a Government of Canada agency in June, among other things!

Thank you for following us on our journey and please, keep the comments going! Ever since we launched we’ve received hundreds of emails with suggestions that have helped us make better decisions. If you have an idea, a concern, a solution, or simply want to encourage us, let us know!

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