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Village Market opening could inspire new type of store

Village Market, a nonprofit grocery aiming to provide healthier food to the primarily low-income residents of North Portland's New Columbia neighborhood, holds its grand opening at noon Saturday.

Formed by Janus Youth Programs with the help of numerous community groups and volunteers, Village Market will provide a wide array of fresh produce, a Healthy Kids Snack Corner, nutritional displays, wellness programs and other offerings.

The 1,700-square-foot store is at 4632 N. Trenton St., in the heart of the 3,000-resident neighborhood built as a replacement for the massive but failed public housing project known as Columbia Villa.

Multnomah County officials hope Village Market can inspire a new type of neighborhood grocery store that provides healthier foods, in contrast to the current reliance, in many small stores, on selling alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets, junk food and snacks.