TULSA, Okla. — A new grocery store in North Tulsa broke ground on Friday, June 26. Mayor G.T. Bynum, District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall Harper and other local and state leaders were present during the event.
Oasis Fresh Market is going to be built in front of The Shoppes on North Peoria Avenue and Seminole Street.
It will offer meat, produce and dairy departments, as well as a demonstration kitchen, a multipurpose room and a walk-in beer and wine cooler.
Local leaders say the store is much needed in this part of town, which is considered a food desert. Residents don't have access to a nearby supermarket with fresh and affordable groceries. According to "From the Food Access Program," about 19 percent of people living in Tulsa County live in a food desert.
"Having a quality grocery store in District 1 has been a four-year journey. I am elated to see construction begin," said Vanessa Hall Harper, a Tulsa city councilor for District 1, in a recent press release.
The 16,245 square-foot grocery store is expected to be completed in Spring 2021. Once open, it'll be operated by Eco Alliance Group, LLC.
Oasis Fresh Market was designed by KKT Architects, with planning and schematic concepts by EWC1 Architects and will be constructed by Nabholz.
The $3.9 million project will be funded by the City of Tulsa's U.S. HUD Community Development Block Grant Funding, Tulsa Development Authority, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Zarrow Family Foundation.
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