Among the restaurants and shops, one thing that Potomac Avenue in Dormont lacks is a full fledge grocery store. Thanks to Vic Pabla, that void will soon be filled.
Owner of Peoples Grocery for 27 years, Pabla says he heard the Dormont Fresh Market, opened by Dormont resident Cher Murphy, was closing and jumped on the chance to take over. "We loved her concept where everything was community-oriented," he comments. "That's what we've been doing in Garfield, so we figured it would fit our mold."
The 3,500-square-foot Peoples Food Mart will be a full convenience store, stocked with produce, a deli, cigarettes and candy. A Western Union and small café are also in the works, he adds.
"They have a lot of walking traffic, and we figured not everyone has a car," says Pabla. "Our goal is to have everything that you would need on a daily basis so you wouldn't have to go outside of Dormont."
Peoples Food Mart will be located at 1435 Potomac Avenue, next to Knossos Gyros and across the street from the Dor-Stop Restaurant. Pabla says they hope to open the first week of May. Sign up
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Writer: Alex Audia
Source: Vic Pabla, Peoples Food Mart
Photograph copyright Alex Audia