Decatur Recent Market opens in Denver Meals Desert

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The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) just announced that the Decatur Fresh Market, which operates under the Youth Employment Academy (YEA), will open in the Sun Valley neighborhood of West Denver at 7am on November 2nd. and common room for the Sun Valley neighborhood and the wider West Denver community.

Located in a food wasteland, the 1,800-square-foot market offers the community affordable, nutritious, and international food options. In addition, Decatur Fresh, in partnership with YEA, will offer a paid training and internship program for Sun Valley residents looking to advance their careers in customer service or grocery management. Decatur Fresh is located at 995 N. Decatur Street in Denver.

“Sun Valley has 2,000 residents who did not have access to a grocery store within 4 km until the Decatur Fresh Market opened,” said David Nisivoccia, executive director of the Denver Housing Authority. “Our goal is for the market to become a cultural destination that celebrates and preserves the diversity and unique fabric of Sun Valley, and for the market to also serve as a common space.”

The Decatur Fresh Market offers culturally relevant bulk goods and spices, products, meat and dairy products, frozen products, breakfast and lunch take-away, coffee, juice bars, housewares and other items. The store will partner with Osage Café and Sun Valley Grow Garden to offer fresh, seasonal produce and weekly specials like breakfast and lunch to take away.

Decatur Fresh will offer a paid internship program for teenagers ages 14 to 24 interested in retail management and customer service. Residents receive the required certifications in a classroom, complete a 120-hour internship, build specific grocery retail skills, and work with Decatur Fresh staff to determine their next educational or career opportunity.

The market has a mural along the south facade created by Arts Street. The original design of the mural was created by Jada King, a Sun Valley youth. Arts Street’s Sun Valley cohort painted it, and each youth painted a different vegetable in the mural to make it their own.

Photo courtesy DHA

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