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People's Community Market

A neighborhood fresh food store, resource center & community hub that supports families to attain healthier & more socially connected lives.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Retailing / Distribution
  • Location Oakland, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 1
  • Website

Company Summary

A community can't thrive without good food and positive places. Yet, families in West Oakland don't have access to fresh foods, affordable groceries or positive social settings. People's Community Market is creating a full-service grocery store that offers quality fresh foods, affordable groceries, health services and positive community spaces. We have raised $750,000 through a public stock offering of preferred shares to California residents.


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    Michele Thorne

    Michel Thorne has a background in marketing, outreach and wellness education in the food industry. Ms. Thorne is assisting in marketing and brand development.

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    Brahm Ahmadi

    Brahm Ahmadi is President and CEO of People’s Community Market and the lead entrepreneur for the venture. As the former Executive Director of People’s Grocery, Mr. Ahmadi brings experience in organizational development, management and planning.

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    Ari Derfel

    Ari Derfel is a serial food entrepreneur. He co-founded Gather Restaurant in Berkeley and Back to Earth Organic Catering. He is also the Executive Director of Slow Money. Mr. Derfel is assisting in finance and board governance.

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    Anthony Gilmore

    Anthony Gilmore has 33 years of experience in the supermarket business and has been an executive at Safeway, Wholefoods Market and Andronico’s. Mr. Gilmore is assisting in planning for operations, management and site construction.

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    Rene Cage
    Deli Manager

    Rene Cage has 35 years experience in the restaurant, deli and food service industry as a chef, manager, and planning consultant. Mr. Cage is developing our deli and prepared food programs.

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    Bill Fujimoto
    Produce Manager

    Bill Fujimoto is a legendary fresh produce pioneer with over 40 years experience in the grocery business. Formerly at Monterey Market in Berkeley, Mr. Fujimoto is assisting in the planning of our produce department.


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    Jenny Kassan and Susan Morgan, Katovich Law Group
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    Mark Halpert, Halpert & Associates

Previous Investors

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    Scott Atthowe, Theo Ferguson, Lee Slaff
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    Burt Family Foundation, Koret Foundation, RSF Social Finance