World’s first ‘Black-owned autonomous grocery store’ debuts in Fayetteville

World’s first Black-owned autonomous grocery store debuts in Fayetteville.

The Atlanta area will soon welcome Nourish + Bloom Market, the world’s first Black-owned autonomous grocery store, according to founders Jamie Michael Hemmings and Jilea Hemmings.

The neighborhood retailer will open in the Town at Trilith development in Fayetteville on Friday, Jan. 21, and will offer “frictionless shopping,” which allows customers to walk in, grab what they need and leave without having to wait in line or stop to scan and pay, according to a press release.

The market promises to provide a quick experience while serving uniquely curated products, a wide assortment of premium food, personal care products and a “fresh, prepared foods menu with the finest ingredients,” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The husband and wife duo began their journey into the food industry after their oldest son was diagnosed with autism, as they discovered the importance of health food access.

“When our son was diagnosed with autism, a healthy diet became the crucial factor in his well-being, and we realized there were no quick healthy food options for kids out there,” the couple said in an Instagram post.

The pair believes that “everyone deserves access to healthy food” and that “through their Nourish + Bloom Markets, they will be able to accomplish this goal,” their website states.

The autonomous market brings cutting-edge retail technology to the Town at Trilith development, “a community where makers, entrepreneurs and storytellers can find fulfillment in every way.” The residential and mixed-use area is adjacent to Trilith Studios, where Marvel blockbusters such as “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Avengers: End Game” and “Ant-Man” were filmed.