Horse Trailer Becomes Mobile Grocery Store In Tulsa

Wednesday, September 9th 2015, 5:45 pm
By: News On 6

Not everyone can easily get to a grocery store. So,wouldn't it be great if the store could come to them?

The R & G Family Grocers mobile grocery truck has been making regular stops around Tulsa, and Wednesday is one of its busier days.

This is the regular Wednesday stop at Disciples Village a senior housing complex. Inside residents are grocery shopping. The ladies are picking up some fresh fruit and vegetables. There is also meat, eggs and dairy products, even a small frozen food section, and of course, shelves full of grocery items.

Me: "This was a horse trailer?"

Katie Plohocky: "Yes, a nine-horse trailer."

Now it's a one aisle grocery store on wheels. Katie Plohocky is the President and Executive Director of the Healthy Community
Store Initiative. The idea is bringing healthy food options to people who might not have them otherwise, because they are small they don't have access to the wholesale grocery suppliers the big boys do so she shops.

"Today is Wednesday, all the new sales are out there. I know where I need to go shopping for the next week to pick up...Who has
strawberries on sale, who has tomatoes on sale," Plohocky said.

And they harvest some locally grown produce and get good deals on items that might not sell at the farmer's market.

"We go out and pick," Katie said. "My customers really like the big cucumbers, they feel like they are getting a better value. We sell them for  25 cents."

The store makes 14 stops six days a week. They'd do more if they could.

"We have a huge waiting list unfortunately," Katie said.

They hope to have a second store up and running early next year. In the meantime, they do what they can.