Come support the Village Market at 4632 N Trenton St, Portland, OR, 97203! After almost 2 years of planning and hard work our doors opened on May 28th, 2011. Visit us and Enjoy a selection of affordable, fresh and healthy products.
- Store Hours:
- Mon-Fri: 7:00am-9:00pm
- Saturday: 8:00am-9:00pm
- Sunday: 9:00am-8:00pm
A Healthy Corner Store Project
Across the country projects are forming to improve access to healthy food in neighborhoods traditionally lacking in healthy food retail outlets. In some of these areas where people have to travel 3-4 miles to purchase fresh food, corner stores selling chips, soda, alcohol and tobacco may be the only nearby options available. In the New Columbia neighborhood of North Portland, residents have come together to offer their community a new alternative for healthy food.
Building on years of strong community relationships and demonstrated leadership in health promotion and job creation, Village Gardens has taken on an ambitious new project: a community-run grocery store! Currently, there is no source of groceries within a mile of the New Columbia community. The effort required to get affordable food is a huge strain on families who are traveling mostly by bus and foot.
With support from Janus staff and volunteers, the Housing Authority of Portland, and local and national business consultants, a resident committee created a project vision, a business plan, finalized the store layout, visited over 40 food wholesalers in the area, hired staff, stocked the shelves, and opened their doors to the neighborhood.
Located in the vibrant new neighborhood of New Columbia, The Village Market is committed to providing its community with quality, fresh, healthy, affordable groceries. The Store will be a convenient, safe and clean environment for everyone, and it will reflect the needs of the community. The Village Market will be community governed and will provide jobs for youth and adults.
Keys to Success
- Community-led: The grocery store will be designed, run, governed, and supported by the community and residents of New Columbia, Tamaracks, and St. Johns Woods.
- Quality, Affordable, and Fresh: The store will focus on delivering quality products at reasonable prices that represent the diversity of the neighborhood.
- Environment: The store will be a welcoming, safe, clean, and secure place; it will be a comfortable environment for all community members.
- Customer Service: The store staff will deliver knowledgeable and friendly service to help build our community of loyal customers.
Our Products and Services
The store will offer meats, produce, dairy, breads, household items, ethnic spices, fresh coffee, a selection of grab and go, healthy snacks for kids, and bulk items. A small deli will also be included offering healthy soups, sandwiches, stir fry, and salads. The store is WIC authorized and is applying to accept Oregon Trails, in addition to credit cards, and cash. The store also plans to offer money orders, stamps, bus tickets, and phone cards.