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Vancouver has a new all-vegetarian 'express' grocery store in a historic location

The independent market is following up its successful North Vancouver flagship with a fresh spot in Chinatown

After launching Larry's Market in 2019 in the Shipyards district in North Vancouver the business has expanded to include a recently-opened outpost in Vancouver's bustling Chinatown. 

The vegetarian grocery store is up and running at 291 East Georgia Street in a historic building that dates back over a century and for a long time in more recent memory served as a Chinese grocer.

Owner Ryan Dennis brought a quarter-century of grocery expertise to the table when he went into business for himself with a concept that focuses on vegetarian foods and products that align with his own lifestyle.

“I wanted to bring healthy food to a convenience format,” Dennis told the North Shore News in 2019 when Larry's debuted. “The only way we felt we could get that healthy food was through opening up a store that focuses on organic produce and healthy foods that don’t include refined sugars. Basically, everything in our store is organic or local.”

In addition to pantry staples and fresh produce, Larry's stocks dairy and plant-based products like oat and nut milks, snacks, meat alternatives, and baked goods. Additionally, the market has in an in-house café that serves up its own salads, sandwiches, toasts, pizzas, and much more, and they're known for their signature kombucha slushies.

The new Chinatown location is an "express" Larry's Market, but the outpost still offers customers one-hour same-day delivery in the area. Both locations are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Oh, and if you're wondering who Larry is: Dennis used his middle name for the market's moniker, but jokes that when customers ask who Larry is, he'll turn to the team and they will all declare they are Larry.