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Sappington Farmers' Market to Expand Near Downtown St. Louis


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The farmer-owners of Sappington Farmers' Market have plans to open a new store near downtown St. Louis, on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Truman Parkway.

Randy Wood, one of the owners of the local-foods purveyor, says the new store will feature 25,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, a processing facility on the second floor and an 80,000-square-foot greenhouse atop the building.

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"We'll grow produce on the roof, take it down and process it in the second floor, then drop it down another floor to sell it," says Wood. "Initially it'll be a flash-freeze operation for fruits and vegetables. But I'm talking to a couple other food processors in the city about a joint venture opportunity to do maybe pasta sauces and salsas, and other value-added food processing."

Wood says he and his business partners chose the spot -- just east of the ritzy Lafayette Square and just south of the Clinton-Peabody housing project -- because it sits at a socioeconomic crossroads.

As Wood puts it, "We don't want it to be a Whole Foods. We don't want to price anybody out." Produce, dairy and meat from local farmers will make up the bulk of the stock.

The group hopes to have architectural and financing plans in place by the end of the year in order to break ground during the first part of 2011. 

Wood and his partners purchased the Sappington Farmers' Market, on Watson Road, back in mid-2008 and have been revitalizing the inventory to feature more local and organic foods.
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Ddfry3
Ddfry3

What happened with this?

Twosburn
Twosburn

Is this project moving forward..Searching for updates??

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank GOD for Mr.Woods and his business partners for having the vision and being trail-blazers to see the need for change and a service that will be greatly appreciate for years to come. Please, don't change your mind, Keep the faith, Mr. Wood.

I will be one of your most loyal customers. I shop at you market in Sappington twice a month. When the new location come, I know I will be shopping once a week there.

Kevin
Kevin

Awesome. Great addition to the South City area.

tonifi
tonifi

Fantastic. I love Sappington Farmer's Market, but I don't always feel like driving that far west even for their inexpensive produce and terrific cheese selection.

Judy
Judy

Amazing development. Shhhhh. Looks like Soulard Market is in for some Really big competition. Bring on the fruits and veggies.

Mel
Mel

Yay! This neighborhood could really use some good, healthy groceries!

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