A small grocer is coming to West Baltimore’s Poppleton neighborhood

By Lorraine Mirabella – March 17, 2021

La Cité Development has reached an agreement with Market Fresh Gourmet to open an 8,000-square-foot grocery store at its Center\West project just north of the University of Maryland BioPark and west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The neighborhood has limited access to affordable and nutritious food.

Market Fresh, a minority-owned business based in Prince George’s County’s Capitol Heights, will offer fresh and prepared foods, along with workforce development programs and classes and special events for the neighborhood.

The store will be the brand’s first in the city. The Baltimore Development Corp. worked with the grocer to find the location and is helping the business expand in Baltimore, said Colin Tarbert, BDC’s president and CEO, in the announcement.

The business is backed by the Arctaris Impact Fund, which focuses on building sustainable communities in the city. (Note – NIIF provided a $1 million subordinate loan in concert with $4 million from the Abell Foundation to catalyze Arctaris investments in Baltimore – Story here)

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