New Jersey’s first cow-free supermarket will open in 2021, according to the dairy industry group Dairy Farmers of New Jersey.
The dairy-based supermarket, which will have about 400 stores, will offer dairy products and farm products, according a news release from the group.
The stores will be located in Burlington, Elizabeth and Union counties.
The group also said it has secured funding for the stores from various government and non-profit groups.
The group is seeking a $150 million federal grant to build the new supermarket.
The company’s president and CEO, Chris Rous, said in the release that the new store will be a “world class dairy store.”
The store will feature “great fresh and local food,” Rous said.
The state’s largest dairy producer, the Dairy Farmers Union, has also invested in the store.
The union has been working with the New Jersey Dairy Farmers Association and other stakeholders to make the new facility a reality, the release said.
Dairy farmers are not the only group to invest in the new grocery store.
New Jersey is home to several large dairy farms, including the nation’s largest.
Other grocery stores, including Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Kmart, are also planned.
Dryadians have been battling with the rising cost of milk for more than a decade, and many have expressed concern that the cost of dairy products could outstrip the cost for groceries, according the National Milk Producers Federation.
The federation has argued that the U.S. is not meeting the needs of the dairy sector and has urged lawmakers to lower dairy milk prices.
In April, a federal judge in California ordered a halt on a lawsuit against a major dairy company for allowing a competitor to undercut its milk supply, saying it was unconstitutional.