East side grocer celebrates first anniversary

Pogue's Run Grocer is part of an east side revitalization.
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A Super Bowl legacy project is breathing new life into a neighborhood on East 10th Street.

Ken and Ann Sauer live downtown, but used to go to the north side to do their shopping. Now, they come to Pogue's Run Grocer on the near east side.

"We can find everything we want here and they have beautiful produce and in the summer it's all locally grown, so that's another thing that attracted us," Ann said.

The local food co-op has seen great success at the 10th Street location, attracting not only shoppers from around the city, but the neighborhood.

"East 10th Street and this neighborhood in general was kind of a food desert before we came in. There wasn't a lot of opportunities to buy real food," said marketing coordinator Renee Sweany.

Pogue's Run serves as an anchor of the near east side community, which is experiencing a true metamorphosis.

"It's pretty dramatic for anyone who hasn't been down 10th Street for the past six months, come through the western gateway and just see what's happening in the neighborhood," said James Taylor, CEO of the John Boner Center in the neighborhood.

The change has been slowly building through grassroots efforts for years, but is exploding thanks to the Super Bowl Legacy Project, which committed a $154 million investment into the community.

The owners of The Little Green Bean Boutique took a chance opening in the neighborhood, but the risk is paying off.

"Oh my gosh, it's been amazing to see the growth, to see the people out shopping," said boutique owner Sue McMullen.

The business boom is inspiring to Robert Simpson, who has lived in the neighborhood for eight years.

"Shop, dine, there's a wholesale grocer, Pogue's Run, everything we need is within a couple of blocks," said neighbor Robert Simpson.

While great strides have been made, the community still has a long way to go and for those who live and work here, they hope the revitalization goes on long after the Super Bowl has come and gone.

In addition to providing groceries, Pogue's Run has also provided jobs. Nearly 80 percent of their employees live in the neighborhood.