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Provisions: Take a look at Harrisburg's new neighborhood grocer

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Provisions, a small neighborhood grocer officially opened its doors Nov. 1 in downtown Harrisburg. It is the first grocery retailer to open in the business district in several decades.
Provisions, a small neighborhood grocer officially opened its doors Nov. 1 in downtown Harrisburg. It is the first grocery retailer to open in the business district in several decades. - (Photo / )
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Provisions, a small neighborhood grocer officially opened its doors Nov. 1 in downtown Harrisburg. It is the first grocery retailer to open in the business district in several decades. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The store is the brainchild of Adam Porter, left, and Shaun Donovan. Three years ago, the idea was hatched during a lunchtime discussion about the lack of accessibility to food and other staples in Midtown and downtown Harrisburg. Porter is the co-founder of Startup Harrisburg, a co-working space in Midtown Harrisburg and manager of Midtown Cinema. Donovan is the director of regional workforce development partnerships at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp. He also owns Appalachian Organics, a web-based store for natural products. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) "The demand for downtown apartment housing is strong and Provisions will greatly enhance the quality of life and walkability to goods and services for residents and downtown workers," said Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, which owns and operates Strawberry Square. Two Flats of Strawberry Square residential units fill the upper floors above Provisions. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The 2500-square-foot store in Strawberry Square is across from the new Rite Aid store. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) A majority of Provisions offerings are sold in bulk, allowing shoppers to select a specific amount of product, reducing food waste and increasing affordability. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions customers are encouraged to bring their own containers. The new store strives for near-zero waste shopping. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions container kits are available for purchase. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions is well-stocked with PA Preferred products. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's PA Preferred program is a public-private partnership, which promotes the state's products and homegrown produce.  - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions features products from popular Harrisburg-based coffee roasters Elementary Coffee Co. and Little Amps. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Products from Cumberland County-based Callicuts Spice Co. are available in bulk and the dairy section features items from the Chambersburg-based Trickling Springs Dairy. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions manager Josh Heilman brings a depth of grocery retailing experience to his new position. Heilman appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the resurgence of downtown and Midtown Harrisburg. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions sales associate Zoe Boler wraps a product from Provisions meat case. Provisions employees are cross-trained to work in each section of the store. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions sales associate Ashley Annis surveys a bulk product aisle. The downtown store opened its doors with a staff of twelve. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Provisions offers a loyalty program, which includes discounts, member-only deals and special events. Coming soon,an in-store kiosk, allowing customers to shop a broader selection of products and quantities. The purchased items will be available for in-store pick-up or delivery. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Sun & Earth natural cleaning products will be available to purchase in bulk. The products will be dispensed from wall-mounted taps. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Harrisburg's newest neighborhood grocer is at 17 N. 3rd Street in Harrisburg.

 

Provisions, a small neighborhood grocer officially opened its doors Nov. 1 in downtown Harrisburg. It is the first grocery retailer to open in the business district in several decades.

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