Holland & Barrett Announces Plans To Open Fully Vegan Shops

Holland & Barrett Health Food Store
The company's CEO emphasized a growing 'trend towards veganism' (Photo: Instagram)

UK health food chain Holland & Barrett has announced plans to open a fully-vegan store in light of the rise of the 'health-conscious consumer' and the growing vegan movement.

'Health-conscious consumer'

The retail giant's plans were exposed in an interview penned by The Telegraph's Ben Woods with Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis.

According to Woods, Aldis emphasized the ‘relentless rise of the health-conscious consumer’ in a conversation which quickly turned toward veganism.

'Vegan-only store'

Discussing Holland & Barrett's plans - and its advantage as a health-focused specialty retailer - Aldis said: "Today there is a trend towards veganism.

"We are working on a vegan-only store.

"It is our space and we should be in it."

Holland & Barrett
Existing Holland & Barrett shops aim to accommodate conscientious consumers (Photo: Facebook)

Accommodating requests

The retail expert also said that the company has made adjustments to existing stores to appease conscientious consumers.

This included removing products containing gelatin, and krill - under pressure from Greenpeace and after receiving 45,000 emails on the matter - to avoid 'alienating' mindful consumers.

Vegan lifestyle

Aldis also mentioned his steak-loving wife's having transitioned to a vegan lifestyle - after she was inspired by its rise in popularity among celebrities and on social media.

He said: "She now has improved energy and a higher level of focus.

"The amount of people that are engaging in that lifestyle is rising."

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