North Market – a new kind of grocery store
Pillsbury United Communities expands our commitment to ensuring that individuals and families are well and living in thriving communities. That means offering wellness services and food access to people throughout Minneapolis; through our food shelves, health programs, wellness services, and soon to open in 2017, North Market.
Pillsbury United Communities has a plan to put nutritious food and wellness resources within reach of all North Minneapolis families—a plan designed to change how residents shop, cook, eat, and feel. In Minneapolis and across the country, groups have tried to address the food, health, and economic gaps in underserved areas by adding grocery stores or health educational programs. However, PUC is the first to integrate these elements into a single enterprise — and to do so at a scale suitable to the challenge. Pillsbury United Communities is bringing the unique business model, vision, cross-sector partnerships, and community connections to make North Market a successful and sustainable enterprise.
North Market – a new kind of grocery store – is a unique non-profit social enterprise uniting three elements of community health in one place: nutritious food, health care services, and community wellness events and education.
More than a store, it’s a home base for community health. North Market will provide access to healthy foods in one of the country’s largest food deserts, where 67,000 residents currently have access to 30 convenience stores, only two clinics and just one supermarket. This unique grocery store and wellness center will also create 25 retail jobs offering livable wages, and infuse the local economy with $3.6 million in revenue each year.
PUC is moving forward with plans to refurbish the 15,000-square-foot former-Kowalski’s at 4414 Humboldt Ave. N. in Minneapolis. We are excited to be now embarking on the next phase of development for North Market. The $6.3 million capital campaign for North Market is well on its way with committed partners like Cargill, General Mills, Northside Funders Group, Twin Cities LISC, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.