Gateway Market

Saint candles line an expanse of shelving at Gateway Market.

Gateway Market, 1601 N. Peoria Ave., is not the Coolest Grocery Store in the Universe. That honor belongs to Lowe’s Market in Tucumcari, N.M., which actually received the “Coolest Grocery Store in the Universe” award from the New Mexico Route 66 Association in 2003.

Gateway is, however, one the closest contenders I’ve ever seen.

North Tulsa hadn’t had a grocery store since Albertson’s went broke in 2007 — a situation that was creating a real hardship for the folks who lived in the area, especially as gas prices soared and the economy crashed.

Last November, Antonio Perez — owner of another Indie Tulsa favorite, Las Americas Super Mercado and Restaurant — stepped up to the plate with a plan to open a grocery store in the old Albertson’s space.

The store opened about a week ago. We stopped by this morning to pick up a few odds and ends.

In addition to the usual staples you’d expect to find at any grocery store, Gateway carries a vast assortment of items that reflect the rich diversity of the neighborhood that surrounds it.

How diverse are the choices? Well, let’s just say this is the only store I’ve ever seen that carried all the necessary ingredients for both menudo and gumbo, plus everything a Southern grandma could need to put on a proper Sunday dinner — including hog maws and three different kinds of greens.

Prices are competitive, too: I found a display of mac and cheese on sale for 35 cents a box, and I picked up a can of blackeyed peas for 59 cents and some of the prettiest collards I’ve ever seen for 89 cents. A couple of $1 aisles carry household items such as laundry baskets, drill bits, and T-shirts.

The store was clean, spacious, and well-lit, and the service was quick and friendly.

Highly recommended.

Grades:
Product: A+
Service: A
Value: A
Overall: A

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~ by redforkhippie on January 23, 2010.

4 Responses to “Gateway Market”

  1. […] for breakfast; a ride in Gretchen; trips to the feed store, the hardware store, and an awesome new grocery store; a hive inspection that revealed a colony of happy, healthy, and intoxicatingly fragrant* bees; a […]

  2. So glad I stumbled upon your site and will be checking back often. I just mentioned this post on Twitter (@GoodNew4Retail).

  3. Awesome! We will have to check out this place :)

  4. Little Pebbles Academy located at 10953 E. 3rd. St. here in Tulsa Oklahoma has shoped here & the other place as well, on Garnett & i can tell you, this is a good & clean store & has everything a family could want for the breakfast to supper table & their prices are ok to. Our tough economy has made it more difficult on many families & Gateway has done a great job holding the prices down as best they can.
    Little Pebbles Academy is a 2 Star spanish/english pre-school with full D.H.S. subsidy & we consider it as a Quality child Care Small Center. By appointment please: 918-437-5555 se habla espaniol.

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