Media Coverage | Neighborhood Allies invests $250,000 into new grocery store in Pittsburgh’s Hill District

May 21, 2024

Abdulla Salem
Photo Credit: JIM HARRIS/PBT | Abdullah Salem is the owner of Salem’s Market.

By: Patty Tascarella | Pittsburgh Business Times | Read the full article

Neighborhood Allies on Monday announced that it has invested $250,000 through its Neighborhood Capital fund into Salem’s Market.The full-service grocery store opened in February in the Hill District and already has plans to create more jobs.

Neighborhood Allies, a community development intermediary, said the funding represents a “pivotal step” in addressing the critical need for access to fresh and healthy food, particularly in the wake of the 2019 closure of Shop’n Save, which left the Hill District classified as a food desert. Salem’s was chosen in a competitive bidding process to take over the closed Shop’n Save store by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

Salem’s Market currently provides 70 jobs, with plans to add 20 to 30 more positions upon the opening of a prepared foods section.

“Through the Neighborhood Capital fund, we are able to provide vital and flexible capital to projects like Salem’s Market, ensuring that minority-led real estate developments in underinvested communities receive the support they need,” Matt Madia, vice president of real estate services at Neighborhood Allies, said in a prepared statement.

Abdullah Salem, owner of Salem’s Market, said the funding is “an amazing opportunity” and that the grocery store is “blessed” to have Neighborhood Allies as supportive community partners. He is the second generation owner of Salem’s, which was started by his father, a university graduate student who was motivated by a need for a place to access halal meat.

The Hill District location is Salem’s third. It has Salem’s Market and Grill in the Strip District and operates CMU’s Scotty’s Market. The Hill District site encompasses about 30,000 square feet, almost triple the size of the Strip District location.

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