Grand opening: Exodus Marketplace to feature healthy, affordable groceries in Raleigh

What’s happening: A grand opening celebration is planned for Exodus Marketplace, a new micro-grocery store, coffee and juice bar, and meeting place in the Raleigh community. The market is one with a purpose, intended to address food insecurity in the area. It’s the work of Memphis non-profit camp, conference, and retreat center For the Kingdom.

When and where: The celebration is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, at the new Exodus Marketplace. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature music, food, vendors, and an on-site farmers market. For the Kingdom (FTK) will also livestream the event on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Exodus Marketplace is located on the FTK property, which itself is located at 4100 Raleigh Millington Rd. in Memphis.

What it is: Housed in a shipping container renovated as an energy efficient storefront, Exodus Marketplace aims to provide the community with healthy, nutritious food items at affordable prices. The market also features a coffee and juice bar with seating, as well as space for community meetings. Delivery services are also planned.

Why it is: “The combination of high food prices, high percentage rates of poverty, and food deserts across the Memphis area have created a perfect storm of food insecurity in our community,” says Torrey Bates, Executive Director of For the Kingdom. “We believe fresh food is medicine and we want to create healing through Exodus Marketplace with access to fresh produce from local farmers.”

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Who’s behind it: For the Kingdom built a coalition of partners to make Exodus Marketplace possible, including Methodist North Hospital, the family of Doug Ferguson, a City of Memphis City Council Community Grant, Pella Windows, Literacy Mid-South, and Hope Church Men’s Ministry.

Exodus Marketplace is located at 4100 Raleigh Millington Rd. in Memphis.
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