Grocery Co-Op To Offer Fresh, Healthy Alternatives

Store To Feature Fresh, Local Produce

A unique co-op aimed at providing healthy, local grocery options to those on Indianapolis' near-east side and beyond opened its doors Wednesday.

Pogue's Run Grocer, which occupies a newly renovated building at 2828 E 10th St., has been three years in the making and already has more than 300 members, 6News' Joanna Massee reported.

The community-led effort began as a way to sell fresh, local produce and natural goods to a part of town where grocery stores had been largely replaced with convenience stores and gas stations.

"Our neighborhood only has two grocery stores, and they're on the far east end of our community. There's nothing right here,” said co-op member Tracy Heaton. “So families are raising their kids on Doritos and crackers."

The full-scale grocery store will be open to the public seven days a week offering a variety of products, including local and organic produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, grass-fed, local cheese, dairy and eggs, affordable bulk ingredients and healthful prepared deli foods.

The co-op will also provide education about health and nutrition.

"This is a cornerstone for rebuilding this neighborhood," said Patrick Dooley, co-chairman of the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Economic Development Committee, which helped fund the co-op.

For worker Thomas Conner, the store offered him a chance to get back on his feet.

"I was going through some bad times,” he said. “They helped me out, gave me a job, showed me what I can do."

Neighbors said they look forward to the new options.

"It's a lot more convenient to be able to come here, plus we'll get a lot of fresh things and organic things that we won't get at the other grocery stores," said Ruth Shaw, who has lived in the neighborhood for 36 years.

Membership for one adult shopper costs $150 and they receive discounts at the store. Non-members are also welcome to purchase food at the co-op.

More Information: Pouge's Run Grocer