Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma May 2018 - Page 18

Locally grown produce, eggs, dairy and meat are being offered at a new Edmond storefront. Opening Edmond Location Adjacent to Vault 405 BY VAN MITCHELL | PHOTOS BY KAREN MOORE U rban Agrarian, an Oklahoma City-based grocery store that sources from local farms, recently announced that they will be expanding their business and opening a second retail location at 1 E. Main Street in downtown Edmond. By this summer, both Urban Agrarian’s new Edmond location and their original storefront in the Oklahoma City Farmers Market District will be open seven days per- week, offering Oklahoma-grown produce, eggs, dairy, humanely-raised meat, and other products. “This is the best opportunity we have 18 May 2018 | The Business Times been given over the past decade of doing this work,” said Urban Agrarian founder and CEO Matthew Burch. “This is a really prime location.” Although Urban Agrarian has been in business since 2008, this expansion seemed far from inevitable a year ago.  “In January 2017 I made the difficult decision to close our doors,” Burch said. “We didn’t have the capital we needed to replace some broken equipment, and the economic downturn really impacted our sales to restaurants. But I wasn’t prepared for the outpouring of support I received from the community.” Burch’s social media message announcing the business’s closure went viral and attracted the attention of local media as well as potential investors and community leaders. Among those leaders was Jill Castilla, CEO of Citizens Bank Edmond, who reached out to Burch on Twitter and invited him to open a new Urban Agrarian storefront adjacent to Vault 405, a co-working space the bank was developing in Downtown Edmond. “As soon as Matt and I connected, it was evident that his concept was perfect for our space in Downtown Edmond,” Castilla said. “Following that fateful tweet in early