Portland’s First Non-Profit Grocery Store

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“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Doing good means breaking new ground.

Village Market is breaking new ground in the New Columbia neighborhood of north Portland. They’re trying and succeeding to bring fresh produce, low prices, and healthy foods into a neighborhood in which a third of it’s residents depend on public transportation. All the while doing it as a non-profit.

Ed, our tour guide and co-founder of Village Market, is as impassioned about this grocery store as he is about his tomatoes. He took the time to explain to our Teamworks volunteer team the history of the store, the goals, the business model, and the people it serves.

They are building a full grocery store and deli from scratch, housing it in a cramped space the size of a 7-11, and giving the neighbors of this revitalized neighborhood something to be proud of – healthy…

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2 Responses to Portland’s First Non-Profit Grocery Store

  1. Tammy says:

    I will be interested to hear over time how this goes. We had an issue with ours due to it running as a non-profit. Best of luck.

  2. lorrainemt says:

    Oh that’s too bad, Tammy. I don’t know much about how it’s run, but the philosophy is wonderful. I certainly hope it succeeds as well.

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