Bi-Rite is the Wu-Tang Clan of the Mission?

The Chronicle published a piece on Bi-Rite’s business and expansions yesterday, which is probably why no one noticed.  I know the Creamery took over a neighboring space for an expansion, and we can all agree that having to wait a little less for some Brown Sugar is a wonderful thing, but being labeled as a “mini-empire” at Dolores Park makes our neighborhood organics aisle sound a little too much like a strip mall.  That said, the Chronicle does shed some light on some interesting facts on the Bi-Rite shops that I didn’t know, like it makes $4k per square foot (vs. $200-$300 at traditional supermarkets) and they have beehives on the roof.


(photo by le)