- Nathan Roberts: from Grocery Manager to General Manager.
Pogue's Run Grocer's new general manager is all about good-tasting quality food and serving the needs of the community.
Nathan Roberts has served as Pogue's Run Grocer's grocery manager since the store opened last December.
"When I saw an opportunity to be part of a store that was bringing food diversity into an urban neighborhood, I knew I wanted to work here," Roberts said.
Pogue's Run Grocer is a project of Indy Food Cooperative, Inc., whose mission is to 'provide public education about health and nutrition, to create neighborhood economic opportunities through direct job creation and sourcing from local producers, and to provide access to healthy food choices for low to moderate income residents on the Near East side of Indy'.
The new position for Roberts won't change his involvement with the store.
"I loved my role as grocery manager and will still play an active role in sourcing food," Roberts said, "but I'm excited for my new responsibilities."
Roberts knows a lot about the grocery industry after working in it for over 10 years. His first job was bagging groceries for a store, but for the past eight years has worked for small locally owned businesses. He has worked with a variety of food but specializes in natural and organic food.
Roberts said, "Natural and organic foods taste fresher and are more flavorful."
Roberts' love for food becomes apparent when he steps in a kitchen.
"I love food and I love to experiment in the kitchen," Roberts said. "Working with ingredients that you know and trust, the more fun you can have cooking."
The main focus of the store currently is serving the community.
"There may be a few minor changes, things that our customers likely won't even notice, but for now we just need to keep learning about the needs of our community and how to better serve our neighborhood," Roberts said.
Roberts has big dreams of what he can bring and contribute to Pogue's Run Grocer.
"In my dream world, I'd be able to grant our deli manager a salad bar, we'd be able to do some of our own meat processing, and we'd have a rooftop garden growing produce we can sell," Roberts said. "Please shop at Pogue's Run Grocer so my dreams can become reality!"