Mobile produce market to take over the site of the closed Tempe grocery store
PHOENIX — A mobile market near Arizona State University in Tempe will soon temporarily provide affordable fresh food in place of a grocery store that closed last fall, officials said.
The non-profit Farm Express mobile market will set up shop every other Tuesday starting next week in the parking lot of what had been a food town on Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive.
The opening hours on this site will be from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 8 and 22.
“If it’s really a big hit with residents in adjacent areas, I’m pretty confident it’s going to continue for quite some time,” Mayor Corey Woods said. KTAR News 92.3 FM Thursday.
Fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables are coming to the former Food City site, 1338 E. Apache Blvd. March 8, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The first 40 buyers receive a $5 coupon to use at the market; all purchasers receive 2 free apples. Next visit March 22. Info: https://t.co/mv9Z4cULei @FarmExpress pic.twitter.com/IOYUXHEun4
— City of Tempe, AZ (@Tempegov) March 4, 2022
The Farm Express fleet operates locally in Phoenix and Tempe.
Prices will be similar to what shoppers paid at Food City, which closed in early October.
Woods said he and council members have been contacted by residents concerned about the loss of the grocery store and becoming a “food wasteland.”
The city purchased the Pollack Apache Center for $10.6 million late last year with plans to bring back an affordable grocery store, other retail businesses and housing for up to 300 units.
“But projects of this magnitude take time to really go well. In the meantime, there was always the issue of not having the option of fresh produce in that area,” Woods said.
“It was paramount that we provide a grocery option as soon as possible and we are really excited to partner with Farm Express in this endeavor.”
The market will also stop on March 8 and 22 at:
- Again on Farmer, 601 S. Farmer, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
- Mountain Park Health Center, 1840 E. Broadway Road, 11 a.m. to noon
- Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, 1-2 p.m.
The market will accept cash, SNAP, EBT, debit and credit. Shoppers using their SNAP or EBT cards are eligible to buy one get one free.
Taylor Tasler of KTAR News 92.3 FM contributed to this report.