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New Pontiac Street Market Opening Brings Economic Promise to Southeast Fort Wayne

A significant milestone in the revitalization of the southeast side of Fort Wayne was celebrated with the grand opening of the Pontiac Street Market on November 6, 2023. Located at 918 E. Pontiac St., this full-service grocery store aims to provide fresh, healthy, and affordable food to the residents of a historically underserved area.

Economic & Community Development

The Pontiac Street Market represents a beacon of hope for the community, filling a vital need for accessible and nutritious groceries. This initiative not only caters to the health and well-being of residents but also plays a crucial role in local economic development. The market’s establishment demonstrates the city’s commitment to uplifting underprivileged areas and fostering a sustainable and thriving community.

Why Shop at the Pontiac Street Market

The benefits for the residents of the southeast side of Fort Wayne are manifold. Here are some key reasons why you should consider shopping at the Pontiac Street Market:

  1. Access to Healthy Food: For the first time, 25,000 residents in this area have access to fresh and affordable food items within walking distance, improving their overall health and quality of life.
  2. Community Hub: The market serves as more than just a grocery store; it is a place for residents to connect and engage with one another, fostering a sense of community.
  3. Local Economic Growth: By shopping here, residents support local businesses and contribute to the economic development of their neighborhood, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.

The establishment of the Pontiac Street Market is a testament to the city’s commitment to addressing food deserts and improving the well-being of all residents. Additionally, the Black Chamber Fort Wayne has played a pivotal role in advocating for this initiative, emphasizing the importance of community-driven solutions.

The Pontiac Street Market is more than just a grocery store; it’s a symbol of hope, community, and progress for the southeast side of Fort Wayne. It highlights the collaborative efforts of the city and the Black Chamber Fort Wayne to bring about positive change. Residents of this area are encouraged to support this endeavor for the betterment of their community and local economy.


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  2. Fort Wayne Community Development – Southeast Grocery
  3. Newsbreak – Southeast Fort Wayne Welcomes New Pontiac Street Market
  4. City of Fort Wayne – New Pontiac Street Market Fills Vital Community Need
  5. WANE – Pontiac Street Market Opens on Monday with Fresh Produce
  6. WANE – Pontiac Street Market Receives First Shipment of Products