A family-owned market in Opelika held a grand opening Wednesday at its new facility at 2180 First Avenue.
Parkway Farmers Market had been serving its customers at its former site on Pepperell Parkway for seven years, said owner Mitch Nix.
Nix said he wanted to relocate to a new facility that was larger and had better accessibility from the road. He said one of the main problems with its former site was having only 25 usable parking spaces and the difficulty of getting in and out of the parking lot. The new store has 65 parking spaces and customers can easily pull out on First Avenue and get on U.S. Highway 280.
Customers from the Auburn-Opelika area as well as surrounding counties come to shop at the market.
“It’s really convenient to Tiger Town,” Nix said. “We’re still centralized for everyone.”
There is more space for the market’s inventory since the new facility has 2,000 more square feet than the former site.
“We pride ourselves on carrying a full line of fruits and vegetables,” Nix said.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, the store also sells locally made jams, jellies and relishes.
Auburn resident Billie Brown, who likes shopping for vegetables at the market, enjoys the new facility.
“The accessibility is really good,” Brown said.
Opelika resident Brenda Threat is glad the new facility is open.
“It’s closer and I love the location,” Threat said. “It’s a lot more convenient for me.”