TULSA, Okla. – Beginning mid-July, residents will be able to
stop by an R&G Family Grocers mobile store, offering a “convenient,
affordable alternative that will soon make rounds in some of Tulsa's most
under-served neighborhoods,” reports Fox23.com.
Noting that it’s a trailer and a store, the news source
writes that the mobile grocer will bring milk, eggs, produce and meat to the
area once or twice weekly, with the hope of improving access to healthy foods
in North and West Tulsa. "We're not selling potato chips; we're not
selling candy or pop," said Plohocky.
"We'll be taking cash, credit cards, WIC and
SNAP," said Katie Plohocky of R&G, who told the news source that 18%
of North Tulsa residents have no transportation. She added that operating the
mobile operation at a cost of $150,000 is much less than building a
brick-and-mortar store, although that’s also a goal for the grocer.
With the nearest grocery store five miles away, one of
R&G’s stops will be at 61st and MLK.
For Viola Warrior, who spends as much on gas as she does
groceries just to travel across town for healthier options, the mobile store
would be a welcome alternative. "All the grocery stores around here are
just little convenience stores and you just buy nothing but junk food in
them," she told the news source.