Nov 20, 2019
Gotham Greens Continues to Grow in Chicago By Tim Hodson

Earlier this month, Gotham Greens opened its largest greenhouse in Chicago.

The expansion enables Gotham Greens to deliver a year-round supply of fresh produce to keep up with increasing demand from retail, restaurant and foodservice customers across the Midwest.

The greenhouse more than doubles the company’s Midwest production to 11 million heads of lettuce annually. Gotham Greens will double its workforce to approximately 100 full-time employees in Chicago and 300 nationwide.

Reimagining a portion of the former Ryerson Steel Mill, the new 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse is Gotham Greens’ second greenhouse in the historic Pullman neighborhood of Chicago and sixth greenhouse nationwide.

“After opening our first greenhouse in Chicago in 2015, we have received tremendous support from retailers, restaurants and shoppers alike who love that we can provide a reliable, year-round supply of fresh produce that’s grown locally,” said Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens. “We’re thrilled to open our second greenhouse in Chicago to expand our production and distribution in the Midwest and bring our delicious leafy greens, herbs and fresh food products to even more people.”

Gotham Greens’ produce is grown using hydroponic systems in 100 percent renewable electricity-powered greenhouses. The new greenhouse features the company’s latest technological advances, including proprietary data-driven control tools to develop the highest-yielding, most efficient production systems. This highly automated, climate-controlled facility uses less energy than other indoor farming techniques applied commercially today and is 50 percent more efficient than its existing facilities.

You can learn more about Gotham Greens or schedule a tour of Gotham Greens’ Pullman greenhouses by visiting

— Tim


Walmart Reaffirms Commitment to Military Vet and Spouse Hiring

To celebrate Veterans Day, Walmart reaffirmed its commitment to military service members and their families with announcement of the company’s military spouse initiative and veteran hiring commitment. Since launching the Military Spouse Career Connection in 2018, Walmart has hired more than 14,000 military spouses and remains ahead of schedule to meet its goal of hiring 250,000 military veterans by the end of 2020. Walmart also announced the hiring of Brynt Parmeter as the new senior director of military programs and a $225,000 Walmart Foundation grant to Operation Homefront.

Lowe’s to Offer Black Friday Shoppers a Chance to Win Super Bowl Tickets

In addition to its deep discounts on Black Friday (Nov. 29), each Lowe’s store will offer the first 300 in-store customers the chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Lowe’s is the official home improvement sponsor of the National Football League. “We are proud to not only offer competitive deals on the most sought-after brands and home improvement products this holiday season, but also give shoppers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend Super Bowl LIV,” said Bill Boltz, executive vice president, merchandising.

Kroger to Implement In-Store Hydroponic Operations

Kroger Co. and Infarm have announced a partnership to bring modular living produce farms to some of Kroger’s North American stores, delivering produce picked so fresh you can see the roots. The living produce farms will launch this month at two of the 15 stores planned at QFC — a Kroger banner — in Bellevue and Kirkland, Washington. Using hydroponic technology, the produce will be grown on site at the participating stores, removing the need for extended transportation and storage and producing a more eco-conscious product. The farms are designed to scale and will provide shoppers the freshest and most sustainable living produce options available.

Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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