COLUMBUS SQUARE – It’s one of the very few grocery stores built in north St. Louis since the late 1960’s. The goal is to serve residents in and around the north side.
GreenLeaf Market, situated at 1400 N. 13th St., is a community grocery store dedicated to providing the highest-quality fresh foods.
Jessica Murray, marketing director of GreenLeaf Market and the nearby Zoom gas station invites shoppers to visit GreenLeaf for an experience they won’t forget.
“Being in a food desert presents a unique challenge in getting people to know about us,” Murray noted.
The grand opening was on April 13; the store will celebrate its six-month anniversary in October.
“The biggest challenge has been reaching people below the digital divide,” Murray acknowledged.
The 20,000-square-foot, locally owned and operated grocery features an on-site chef with a state-of-the-art kitchen to provide shoppers with fresh, affordable and nutritious grab-and-go options.
GreenLeaf Market works to actively engage with area residents through their monthly First Tuesday celebrations, Sunday barbecue specials and loyalty rewards program.
During the First Tuesday celebrations, local artists can participate in a contest in which the audience’s favorite artist can win $500 in cash.
“We are the first grocery store that I know of that has supported local artists by not only showing their art but by having art shows and giving away cash,” Murray said. “Artists stabilize the community, and they help support us, so we like to give back.”
In addition to a unique shopping experience that caters to north St. Louis residents, shoppers can fill up their gas tanks at Zoom, a solar-powered gas station directly across the street.
Customers who shop at GreenLeaf can also get discounts on their gas through the GreenLeaf Rewards program.
With brightly lit, spacious aisles and low shelving, the store is easily accessible for all.
“We pride ourselves in thinking out of the box and being very responsive to customers,” Murray said.
Murray urges customers to give management feedback about their shopping experience. If there is a particular item you would like to see on a shelf, inform a manager so it can be ordered for you.
GreenLeaf also offers online ordering and curbside pickup. The grocer is also in the process of launching an in-house bee colony, in an effort to create an educational experience for children and adults of all ages.
To stay up to date with all things GreenLeaf, visit greenleafmarketstl.com or follow it on Instagram and Facebook @greenleafstl.