Fayette County


The World’s First Black-owned, Autonomous Grocery Market to Open in Trilith

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ATLANTA – (January 19, 2022) —Trilith today announced Nourish + Bloom Market will open on January 21 in the community’s burgeoning Town Centre retail district and restaurant scene. This contactless grocery store offering robotic delivery services and a gourmet bistro is the first Black-owned, autonomous grocery store to open in the world, in addition to being the first autonomous grocery store to open in the South.

Using “frictionless shopping,” husband-wife duo Jamie and Jilea Hemmings have created a grocery store where customers enter the store, pick up and pay for items, all through an app. An extensive network of cameras, shelf scales measuring weights of each product and AI technology re-envisions the shopping experience by providing shoppers with a grocery store open 24/7 carrying items from all categories.

“This type of technology will revolutionize grocery shopping, and we’re over the moon to be the first to introduce this technology in the South,” owners Jamie and Jilea Hemmings said. “Nourish + Bloom Market grew out of a necessity for our family and sprouted into a way to increase access to healthy, organic foods for shoppers.”

This technologically advanced market will serve as a gourmet neighborhood grocery store and bistro offering locally sourced craft items in all departments such as produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals. Following both Trilith’s and Nourish + Bloom Market’s emphasis on sustainability, all food and personal care items are curated with the highest standards and priority is given to local brands to reduce the carbon footprint.

The technology at Nourish + Bloom also includes delivery robots for residents of Trilith. These highly advanced bots will deliver a variety of food and packages with the ability to regulate hot and cold temperatures. In addition to their high-tech learning abilities, robotic deliverers use digital facial expressions and sounds to add an element of fun and opportunities for interactions with curious residents and visitors.

“We’re proud to be the location of the first Black-owned autonomous grocery in the world,” said Rob Parker, president of Trilith. “Nourish + Bloom Market brings a new level of sophistication and innovation to our town and the greater Fayetteville area. This exciting addition perfectly aligns with our commitment to prioritizing green living while bringing together entrepreneurs, makers and creators of all backgrounds.”


By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune