MINNEAPOLIS - Three years in the making, "North Market" off of Humboldt Avenue in north Minneapolis is finally opening this week.
The new grocery store is significant for the community because the USDA has deemed the area a "food desert." That means a "substantial number of residents" are low income and might live near several convenience stores but "more than a mile from a supermarket or nutritious food."
The North Market building, a former Kowalski's and before that a SuperValu, has struggled to stay alive. But the new owners are confident they won't have a problem staying open.
Adair Mosley with Pillsbury United Communities says the nonprofit will run North Market, and it will not be your average grocery store.
They will provide not only nutritious food, but also health care services and community wellness events.
"Cooking classes, food demonstrations, we'll be doing yoga in here," said Mosley.
He says all the profit will go back into the store to keep prices low.
He also says a majority of the employees live in north Minneapolis, which will help create a great customer service experience.
"People are really excited for 'North Market' to come online and become a permanent fixture in this community," said Mosley.
North Market's grand opening is Wednesday.