Bingo's Market Helps Address Food Access!
Causeway, The Enterprise Center, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga, and PK Management have partnered together to open a small market on the ground floor of Patten Towers. The goal of the store is to provide healthy, affordable, and accessible food to the residents of Patten Towers, as well as those who live or work in the Innovation District.
The store, called Bingo’s Market, opened in October of 2017 as a 6-month pilot project. The market will sell fresh produce, grocery staples, household items, $1 coffee from Mad Priest Coffee Roasters, and grab-and-go breakfast and lunch options from Vibrant Meals, all at the most affordable prices possible.
In 2015, a section of downtown Chattanooga was declared the Innovation District, with The Edney Building chosen as the anchor of the district. Right across the street from the Edney Building sits Patten Towers, an independently owned, government subsidized apartment building. In order to live in Patten Towers, residents must be 62 years old and older, or have a disability, either mental or physical, and be below a certain income level. In a survey done in 2015, many residents reported an income of less than $500 a month.
For the last 6 years, the owners of Patten Tower and the YMCA’s Mobile Market have been addressing this issue. The store is now on the ground floor of Patten Towers in a room that has an external entrance facing Georgia Avenue, across from the Pickle Barrel.
Hours of Operation:
- Mondays-Thursday’s from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Fridays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
1080 Georgia Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402