We’ve been following BrightFarms’ plan to build the world’s largest rooftop farm in Brooklyn, and now they’ve sent us word revealing who their long-term retail partner will be – A&P. The grocery mega-giant (formally known as the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company) has signed a long-term produce purchase agreement with BrightFarms for the Sunset Park project, and will be the exclusive retailer of the up to 1 million pounds a year of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs produced at the farm. The veggies will then be sold locally at A&P’s various retail outlets, including The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Waldbaums, and grocery stores under the A&P name itself.
According to Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms, “A&P is a superb partner because it shares our dedication to being good stewards of the communities it serves.” The 100,000 sq. ft., hydroponic greenhouse farm will be a huge asset to the city and its environmentally friendly goals, providing enough fresh veggies to feed up to 5000 New Yorkers, while also keeping as much as 1.8 million gallons of storm water out of sewers, and creating new jobs.
BrightFarms plans to begin construction on the farm in the fall of this year, and the grand opening is planned for early 2013.