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Village Market

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.

Our Mission

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.

Directions to Village Market

4632 North Trenton Street
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 548-0374
20 Comments leave one →
  1. New Columbia Resident permalink
    October 30, 2011 4:51 am

    Actually, the nearest outlet is much closer than 15 miles away. Grocery Outlet is about 2 miles away.

  2. November 18, 2011 10:41 pm

    Thanks for catching this! When this post was written the Grocery Outlet was not open for business in North Portland. We will make the correction. Thank you.

  3. December 28, 2011 4:08 am

    We LOVE the store! Thank you for having gluten free things, good coffee and sandwiches.

  4. Moana permalink
    February 20, 2012 8:58 am

    My kids loved making and eating purple mashed potatoes with the purple potatoes you had for only .59 cents per pound! They were a big hit.

  5. July 6, 2012 3:54 pm

    I have been hearing about Village Market and so loved the idea of it. During the recent Sunday Parkways in the area I was able to visit for the first time. I am so happy that you exist for the neighborhood, and celebrate the space and the gift to the community you are offering. I bought a few things while there. One was half a vegetarian wrap, which was delicious, thank you. Your store gives me hope for the world.

  6. Susan W. permalink
    September 21, 2012 5:08 am

    Hi, I’m a 66-year old seriously disabled woman in need of such a store as yours. Since I live way out of NW 185th Ave – near the Tanasbourne Mall – I’m afraid you couldn’t make grocery deliveries to my area. Would you happen to know of any similar services as yours in Washington County – that accepts Oregon Trail as a form of payment as well?

    Good luck with your company. Let’s hope there’ll be a growing phenomenon of such businesses as yours around the country. Your “grass roots” efforts are not only admirable but seem well received as well.

    Respectfully,

    Susan W.

  7. Tiah permalink
    January 12, 2014 2:40 am

    I hope someone personally replied to Susan W. after her wonderful comment and request for help. I just moved over near the market in August 2013 and though I can’t do all my grocery shopping there I am pleased with their produce selection and some of the organic or local items. Staff are all friendly and eager to help if help is needed. Customers smile at each other, too. Really nice change of pace from super droid stores!

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