Fresh Produce, Prepared Foods, Coffee and Community Now Available At Millvale Market
The Grant Avenue store, the borough’s first grocer in decades, is open Tuesday through Sunday.
In Millvale, residents’ shopping bags, bellies and hearts are full.
After more than two decades, the borough has its own grocery store again. Millvale Market opened Jan. 29 at 524 Grant Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
People packed the 1,600-square-foot space to celebrate with neighbors and stock up on fresh produce, dairy items, beverages, frozen meats, local products and take-home sandwiches, soups and meals. Tea and coffee, from Americanos and lattes to espresso and drip, are also available.
In the coming months, Millvale Market will expand its offerings to include gluten-free, vegan and organic foods.
Leading the project are Jen Saffron, owner of nearby Sprezzatura Cafe, and Derek Dumont, who ran a similar market concept in New Orleans. Before joining the Millvale Market team, he worked for Harvie, a Pittsburgh-based online program that connects consumers with local growers. Experienced grocer Dave Rath serves as general manager.
Together, they spent more than a year bringing their vision to life, transforming the vacant space — the former home of Tazza D’oro coffee shop — hiring local workers and forging relationships with Pennsylvania farmers and purveyors.
“We are proud to participate in Millvale’s efforts to build a more sustainable, resilient and just community,” Saffron says. “This market’s goal is to provide dignified, delicious foods in a most convenient and caring way — it’s great to employ our Millvale neighbors, contribute to this main street and offer great food, something we all really need.”