Natural foods store opens kiosk in hospital

Kiosk serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, soups, salads and entrées.

May 29—Outpost Natural Foods, a local natural foods store, has opened a new Outpost Market Café at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee.

The 225-square-foot Outpost kiosk is located in the main lobby of the hospital near patient registration. It is the first of its kind for the co-op, which has been serving the metro Milwaukee community since 1970.

Outpost’s Market Café offers a variety of signature, made-from-scratch Outpost prepared food items, including bakery, sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees. The kiosk also offers hot coffee and tea, juices, a limited selection of fresh and non-perishable staple grocery items like milk and dairy, eggs, produce, bread, bulk items, convenient center aisle foods and bagged coffee. As with Outpost’s three full-service grocery stores, many of the items will come from Wisconsin growers and producers.

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