Tokyo’s main fruit market will open its doors for the first time in two decades in 2019, with a focus on locally grown fruits and vegetables.
In February, the Tokyo Public Library unveiled a project to transform the fruit market into a local business incubator, with plans to open a new branch on June 6.
In April, Tokyo-based grocery chain Aldi announced it was planning a grocery store and convenience store in Yokosuka, the site of the former Yokohamashi Fruit Market, which closed in 2011 after years of closure.
Aldi, which is the world’s largest supermarket chain, is also looking to expand into the fruit and vegetable industry, with the goal of expanding into a market of at least 10,000 square meters.
Aldi has also partnered with a local producer of sushi and a sushi chef to open an in-store sushi bar, while also expanding its distribution to a Japanese market of more than 2 million people.
“We want to build a sustainable, healthy and beautiful ecosystem, and the opportunity to be able to produce fruits and veggies from locally grown fruit and vegetables is very exciting,” said Takao Sugimoto, president of Aldi Japan, in a statement.
“The store in Tokyo will be a place to shop and eat.”
Aldis Japan plans to offer fresh produce in a range of products, including sushi, salads, soups and baked goods.
The store also will serve as a showcase for local produce and food artisans.