New urban market to open in downtown Macon | News
It's almost time to open the doors to a grocery store that's been in the works for years.
Owner Steve Bell told 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet that the community built this shop.
Employees are still unpacking, working on inventory, and finalizing last minute details before Ocmulgee Traders is ready for its grand opening.
"We wanted to provide groceries and staples that anybody could afford, but we also wanted to bring products that were unique to the area." says owner Steve Bell.
Bell says before his store those living in downtown were in a food market desert. "They just didn't have options, they had to drive a ways.
David Lofton, a college student without a car, says before going to the market was a journey. "The closest grocery store is Kroger and it's a thirty minute walk back and forth with having to carry groceries, that's just kind of impossible."
Lofton says he's looking forward to having a the urban market in his neighborhood.
Bell says what makes his shop unique are the locally made products, like Savannah Bee Company honey, Georgia Olive Farm Olive Oil, and Brasswell's marmalades and salad dressings.
Ocmulgee Traders will partner with local vendors too. "We'll have prepared casseroles from the casserole shop and Carletta's Cakes." says Bell.
They'll also carry handmade soaps from a maker in Bonaire.
Don't worry if you don't have time to come in the store and shop yourself, you can shop online and your groceries will be waiting for you when you come pick them up.
"People just don't have time to shop so we want them to be able to get in, get out, and have good choices." explains Bell.
The urban market offers more than just a grocery store, they'll have a cafe upstairs with grab and go sandwiches, soups, pastries and coffee. They'll also sell a selection of wine and beer.
Bell says their motto is "Good food for good people."
Catch a sneak peek of the store this Friday during first Friday from 6PM-9PM in downtown Macon.
Bell hopes the grand opening will be sometime next week.