The doors to the Oakland neighborhood’s newest grocery store opened to the public on Friday, Oct. 26.
Forbes Street Market, located in the heart of Pitt’s campus, is open seven days a week and carries organic and locally grown produce. It also has a deli for freshly sliced meats and cheeses, a beverage section, dry and packaged foods, cereals and soups, as well as favorite baked treats like cupcakes. Additionally, the market has a large selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free products.
The need for an on-campus grocery store became increasingly apparent last winter, when the IGA on Forbes Avenue closed. Operated by the University, Forbes Street Market was designed to meet demand among students, faculty and staff for more fresh food options in the Oakland neighborhood.
In fact, shoppers who enter the store will see a chalkboard — a “community board” — filled with handwritten notes of feedback and requested food items from customers.
Additionally, a sandwich board stationed nearby lists the grocery items to create meals for two to six people — a convenient guide for students who cook with roommates in mind.
If you go
Forbes Street Market
3955 Forbes Ave. (located in the former 7-11 space)
Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Payment methods: Cash, credit cards, checks, Panther Funds and Dining Dollars are accepted. EBT is not accepted at this time, but it is in currently in review.
About the name
The address may be Avenue, but the store name is a historical nod to the 1800s when the road was called Forbes Street.