It’s Official! Garfield has a grocery store!

Aldi has announced plans to open at 5200 Penn Avenue. Neighbors have fought long and hard to bring a grocery store back to Garfield, so this news comes as quite a victory for the surrounding communities.

No more long walks up the street to buy groceries. No more relying on jitney cabs for transportation home from the store. No more “bulk trips” to stock the pantry at faraway grocers.

Now that we’ve secured a bona fide grocery store, it’s time to celebrate this positive change. Here’s a toast to all our neighbors and community members who advocated to nourish a food desert back to good health. Cheers!

Aggie Brose (Deputy Director of the BGC) celebrates with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and Henry Pyatt (from the Mayor's Office) at a community meeting to welcome the new Penn Avenue grocery store.

Aggie Brose (Deputy Director of the BGC) celebrates with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and Henry Pyatt (from the Mayor’s Office) at a community meeting to welcome the new Penn Avenue grocery store.

 

Thanks for Walking with Us!

Thanks for helping us demonstrate our community’s grocery needs yesterday! Such neighborhood support is essential to furthering our conversation about the future of 5200 Penn Avenue. We must continue joining forces to maintain this momentum, and effect real change, for a grocery store in Garfield.

If we don’t stay committed to the possibility of a Penn Avenue grocery store, then ALDI might just sell the building to the highest bidder (read: commercial developers with no stake in our community). Nobody wants another auto-parts chain popping up within a local ‘food desert,’ so please help us turn the oasis of a grocery store into a reality for Penn Avenue!IMG_20150318_180336911

 

Aldi, “Won’t you be our neighbor?”

 

Aldi is deciding whether or not to open a new grocery store at the former Bottom Dollar location (5200 Penn Avenue). We are organizing a show of support for this initiative, a demonstration of Garfield’s neighborhood buying power. Come join us this Wednesday (3/18) at 6pm.

Neighbors will congregate at the former Bottom Dollar location and proceed, en masse, walking down to the Aldi on Baum Blvd. Together, we can show Aldi just what kind of loyal customers they are missing out on if they refuse to build a store at 5200 Penn Ave. We are planning for a leisurely walk, but will also be offering transportation services as needed.

The more neighbors who walk together next week (to keep a grocery store in the community), the less distance we’ll have to walk in the future (to meet our grocery needs). Please help our neighborhood ‘turn out the tote’ bags on Wednesday. Let’s get to walking! #Walk2Aldi

For more event information, and to sign up, call 412-206-9849

ALDI flyer

Garfield Green Zone Meeting

Green Zone Meeting photoThank you to everyone who attended last night’s “Garfield Green Zone” meeting. We greatly appreciate your input on the potential for green spaces in Garfield. As it is up to the community to decide how to proceed, we invite you and your neighbors to please give us more feedback on local ‘green’ initiatives. Let us know what you think of the proposals and feel free to contact the BGC with any questions or concerns. Thanks for showing up and voicing your opinions!

Green Zone meeting

We would like to welcome community input on the creation of ‘green spaces’ in Garfield, so we’ve decided to entice you with free pizza. Please join us this Wednesday, March 4th for a “Green Zone” meeting facilitated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The meeting will begin at 6 PM at the BGC Activity Center (113 North Pacific Avenue). Bring your opinions and your appetites!

 

Update on Bottom Dollar

Due to your interest in keeping a grocery store in our neighborhood – and the leadership of our elected officials – ALDI’s executives have made a commitment to meet with Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and the BGC discuss the future of 5200 Penn Ave. in early February. Continue reading

Small Business Resource Fair

In conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, we will host a small business resource fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at 113 N. Pacific Ave.

The fair will be open to the public, both businesses and residents alike, from anywhere in the city. A number of organizations will be in attendance to meet with established businesses as well as those interested in learning more about starting a business. Refreshments will be provided.