Friday, May 7, 2021
On Wednesday, April 21, The Market at Eastpoint opened its doors and welcomed the community to join in celebration of this major event. The Douglass High School band greeted guests with their beating drums and made it difficult for individuals to stand still. For good reason, it was a moment that called for dancing. The store’s opening increased food access for residents of the area, where some had been commuting by bus up to 1.5 hours each way to get to the nearest grocery after another nearby local grocery concept closed in August of 2019.
The 6,800-square-foot market at 1708 NE 23rd street is more than just a grocery store. It’s a symbol of hope for many. Before the market was in its planning stages, Restore OKC, a non-profit focused on bringing together resources on the northeast side, began operation of an organic farm and micro-grocer located nearby at their 5-acre urban farm at 2222 NE 27th. With the success of Restore Farms, an idea to build a full grocery store was set in motion. Less than a year later, the Market at Eastpoint opened its doors with shelves stocked with organic produce from the farm, among a large selection of products sourced by Homeland Stores.
The funding for the construction was generated through a private and public partnership made possible by multiple generous donors. Chamber members Homeland Stores, Life Church, Inasmuch Foundation, Pivot Project, Heartland, and Gardner Studio were some of the partners responsible for the success of this project.
On the opening day, Restore OKC’s Executive Director Caylee Dodson thanked the people who came together to make the market a reality.
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