Convenience Store Coming to Downtown Springfield

In what’s often referred to as a food desert, Raven Cotton will soon offer downtown Springfield dwellers and visitors produce, beverages, locally made items and more.

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It’s a dreary Saturday afternoon and you’re at home in your cozy downtown loft listening to the rain come down. Lightning illuminates the room as you continue your latest Netflix binge.

Then, your TV remote batteries die. Sadness ensues. At first you think it’s fine—you’ll just continue your Netflix bender the rest of the night. But then the last episode ends, the credits roll and you realize you just finished the whole series. You can’t go back to regular TV with a dead remote, so you come to the conclusion you need batteries. First world problems, indeed. 

‘It’s so gross outside,’ you think to yourself. ‘Now I have to run to my car, lose my perfect parking spot and drive a mile for batteries.’

Thanks to business owner Raven Cotton, come early 2018 downtown Springfieldians will no longer be plagued with such inconveniences.

Cotton is the owner of The Dress, a downtown bridal shop. Instead of opening another business that helps brides on their big day, she’s opening a business that will enrich the everyday lives of downtown dwellers and visitors. Park Central Market will be located directly across the street from The Dress, right next door to Gillioz Theatre in the Woodruff Building. 

“The entire store concept is built on necessity,” Cotton says. “I came up with the idea one night while completing closing duties at The Dress, when my Swiffer died. I didn’t want to leave, and I remember looking at my bridal consultants and telling them I would literally pay $10 for AA batteries if I could walk across the street to purchase them.” It’s always the batteries, isn’t it?

After convincing her husband, Scott Cotton, Park Central Market was born. Shoppers might notice that the store is more than your typical mini market or convenience store. It’s unique to Springfield because it sells your basic convenience necessities plus locally made items like candles, produce and beverages. Park Central Market has a partnership with local candle company, Reborn Co. and Cotton is also considering adding a few home decor items to the mix.

“We are surrounded by students,” Raven Cotton says. “Many of them do not have vehicles here and rely on friends, even Uber, to get them places. Thankfully, the Park Central Market will alleviate the need for a vehicle for all of the students living in the nearby area.” Sky Eleven, Frisco Lofts and Springfield Loft Apartments are all within walking distance of the market.

Park Central Market is expected to open in February 2018. Follow its Facebook or Instagram for updates. 

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