Today is the day! It’s a culmination of years of hard work, public input, and meetings by hundreds of people. We attended a press event this past week and we did some grocery shopping at the opening today.
It was a sight. There were crowds of people, ice cream by the Neighborhood Scoop out front, some Boar’s Head reps, beer reps inside the store, people from Lyft, and our new Hope Pharmacy. Lots of conversations about offerings, prices, convenience, etc.
The store is beautiful and even though it was obvious there are a few kinks to work out the experience overall was very pleasant. I would recommend being patient the first couple of weeks as they work out the bugs in their systems and processes.
The offerings were great for a store with limited space. They had upscale offerings for those in the neighborhood that like that sort of thing BUT they also had very affordable options. You could tell that the offerings were very intentional and trying to be balanced to serve the whole neighborhood. For example, my organic free-range eggs were about $3.70 a dozen but right beside that was a store brand dozen for .89 cents.
One thing that I knew was happening, but I was still excited to see, were local offerings. I was able to pick up locally grown greens from Richmond, VA. I was able to get seafood, prepared foods, beer, and many other things that are from local businesses. A wonderful sight to see.
Another thing worth mentioning is the housing that’s going in at the site. Representatives that will be managing the apartments were on site and said that all but six 1-bedroom apartments have been rented (out of 42). There will be an additional 12 apartments once the sister building, for Reynold’s Culinary School, is constructed.
Definitely stop on by The Market @ 25th St and check it out. Also, look out for more news about The Market in the following weeks here at CHPN.
We’re launching a site redesign for Church Hill People’s News in May. Once completed expect to see several features about the people that are running the new Market and making all of this possible.