RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A new market in Richmond promises to bring excitement, along with many other things, to a longtime food desert in the city.
8News got an inside look at the construction underway for the Market at 25th. There will be dining areas, a bakery and fresh produce for shoppers. Construction crews working and drilling away at the place they call a market with a mission.
Attached to the store will be a VCU Health Hub. The health hub will provide screenings and educational information for the community.
“If you are diabetic and you want to be able to manage the medication a little bit more or if you want to eat healthier,” Natalie Pennywell, the site director for the VCU Health Hub, said.
In another spot of the market, there will be a focus on finance.
“We are going to be partnering with the Read Center and the credit union to teach people how to open checking accounts and budget their money,” the store developer and operator, Norman Gold, told 8News.
Lyft will partner with the store to offer reduced rides for customers.
“It is going to be a true community market,” Gold said.
Keeping to a community promise, the Market at 25th is hiring people from within the neighborhood.
Not far away, construction for career development classes is underway. The classes will train residents for jobs in the market.
“I am working my first job but this one will be my second job because I am planning to be a homeowner,” Eunice Morris, a student in the program, said.
Marilyn Milio, the Caritas Works program manager, spoke with 8News about Caritas’ impact on the market’s workforce.
“The Market at 25th hired us to come and teach the same skills to their new employees,” Milio said.
The courses provided by the non-profit Caritas teach everything from customer service to conflict resolution.
The Market at 25th is set to open on March 29.