Grand Central Station’s Market Depot open for shoppers

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:43 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Grand Central Station in Sherman is offering up a new way for people to get the necessities they need, free of charge.

Formerly known as the Green House Market, the new Market Depot allows guests to actually pick out items that they need, rather than getting a box with pre-picked goods.

“When I go shopping at the grocery store, nobody picks out what I’m going to have to eat” said coordinator Sabrena Keathly. “I’ve just never felt comfortable doing that to other people, but we never had a choice, because of the space constraints that we had.”

When their new community center opened in January, Keathly got to work the new market concept.

For guests, this experience is aimed at independence, while volunteers are around to help navigate them through typical costs and calories.

Volunteers say it’s much more efficient than what they’ve done in the past.

“Now, they can literally go shop and now take items that they do need, and frankly its more efficient, and it’s empowering” McDougal said.

The market opened to the public in March, and guests can shop anytime between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“So, this has just been amazing, to just see the excitement in them being able to come in and pick out what they want” Kethly said.

“I like being able to shop for myself, because you know what you like” said Palmer.

Guests like Ramona Palmer, who goes by the nickname Sunshine, says the stigma of asking for help when you need it, needs to end.

“Well, some people feel like they can’t come” Palmer said. “They don’t look at you in a bad way or anything. You don’t have to feel ashamed to come here. I’ve been coming for a long time, and they’ve welcomed me every time I’ve ever come.”

The food is supplied by the North Texas Food Bank, but local churches and agencies also donate goods often.

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