Pop-up market benefits those affected by grocery store fire


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When a grocery store in Wilmington burned down in the beginning of May, it left a void for those in the Greenfield neighborhood who relied on it. Over the weekend, Support the Port and Nourish NC got together to hold a pop-up farmers market for those affected.

Everybody’s Supermarket was destroyed by fire on May 2, along with the rest of Village Plaza. It was a blow not only to business owners, but also to the local community.

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“After the grocery store burned down, this area instantly turned into a food desert,” said Support the Port founder Cedric Harrison.

“You have elderly folks, you have people that are handicapped in wheelchairs. Think about your grandmother, your aunties, your uncles carrying loads of goods,” said Harrison.

That’s why Support the Port and Nourish NC stepped up to hold a pop-up farmers market over the weekend just a short walk from where Everybody’s Supermarket once stood.

Jakeema Boykin with Step Up Wilmington was happy that she could help contribute to a positive event for the community.

“We got stuff for everybody, whether it be food, or outreach programs, or just outreach programs. Everything that’s going on in the community is going on right here.”

At the entrance, attendees were given bags and fake money they could use to buy real items.

The Salvation Army served a free breakfast, and kids could jump in a bouncy house or get their faces painted. There was even a performance by members of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m having a great time, the kids are having a good time, there’s a lot of people out here that are hungry, and I’m glad that they’re doing that for them mostly,” said one attendee.

Harrison says the event was a big success and he hopes to create something more permanent in the near future.

If you’d like more information or find out how you can help, click here to go to Support the Port’s website.