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Convenience to organics: New owner brings fresh vision to Highland Park market

Walnut Market, which has been at 5901 Bryant St. for about 15 years, is now under new ownership.

Robert Collins plans to convert the 2,500-square-foot Highland Park convenience store into a full neighborhood market with organic and local produce, and all-natural and organic groceries and provisions, including coffee from La Prima, and treats from Pittsburgh Snax & Nut Company.

Collins, who has been in the grocery business for almost two decades, was the produce manager at Right by Nature in the Strip District when it first opened, and more recently transformed the produce department at John McGinnis & Co. in the South Hills into a mostly organic and local destination.

Within the first few months of new ownership, Walnut Market will be renamed the Bryant Street Market, and will undergo extensive interior and exterior renovations. It will open in early April and will remain open throughout the renovation process. The shop will also transition to using biodegradable bags, and there will be a 25 cent discount if customers bring their own bags.

Collins, who lives in the North Hills, says Highland Park is the perfect neighborhood for such a shop, as it is "diverse and full of young families," and the location of so much development attention, including a commercial and housing construction and renovation project on Bryant Street that recently received funding from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

The market is in the same building as the Smiling Banana Leaf, is across the street from E2 (the new Enrico Biscotti brunch spot), and is down the block from the site of Park Bruges, which is anticipated to open by late summer.

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Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Robert Collins, Bryant Street Market

Photograph copyright Caralyn Green

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