ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Plans for a grocery store and food distribution center across from the old City Hospital are being met with opposition from officials with one of St. Louis’ most beloved landmarks: The Soulard Market.
The two sides met today at City Hall where the Soulard Market Association urged the city’s Planning and Zoning Section to reject plans for the store.
Soulard Market Association Vice President Ted Greenfield fears the new store will take away from the old market. “I want to see the market be open to make money and they’re taking away part of the market from us.”
But St. Louis Food Hub Developer Chris Goodson says the proposed store will not compete with the historic market.
“It will be a symbiotic relationship, using some of their product aggregated at the facility,” Goodson said. “There is no competition with Soulard Market whatsoever. None whatsoever.”
Goodson says he will be meeting with Association leaders to allay their fears – which also include traffic congestion and the developer’s connection to the now-closed Sappington Farmers’ Market – before the Board of Public Service takes up the zoning request.
Greenfield tells KMOX that while the developers say they will buy some produce from the market, farmers won’t sell to the developers because of their links to the Sappington Market. “There were eight or nine of them I talked to who will not sell to this market – these are regular farmers – because they sold to Sappington and they didn’t do right with them.”
But Goodson said he doesn’t understand that comment. “This is a brand new market, a grocery store that’s been needed for many years and decades.”