A new grocery store opened Tuesday at the Shoppes on Peoria, the result of a long project to get better and fresher food into Tulsa’s food desert.
The store, north of downtown Tulsa, celebrated their soft opening Tuesday, but many people aren't waiting for the grand opening next week - they've been waiting too long to get a nearby grocery store.
The new grocery store helps eliminate a food desert for the neighborhood around Pine and Peoria. Though another grocery store is one mile east, the new Oasis Fresh Market is the first full-service grocery store for the area since Albertson’s sold their store in 2007.
The new store is open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day this week, but after the Grand Opening next Monday, the hours will be 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Oasis Fresh Market is a project of the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation and a several large donors.
“We believe the success of this grocery store will help the economic success that's beginning to happen right here in North Tulsa," A.J. Johnson, who leads the owner-operator team, said
The owner-operator also plans to start building a second store in West Tulsa later this year. The first store, at 1700 North Peoria, has a full produce section, and a meat department with a butcher on site. The products are priced competitively with other Tulsa grocery stores.
“We want people to feel good about coming and patronizing our store, we want them to leave and be happier than when they came," Rebecca Tyler, the Customer Service Manager for the store, said.