The Turnip Truck, a natural market, was founded by John Dyke. The new store at 705 Woodland Street is taking over the old market also located on Woodland. The new establishment will be 9,000 square feet larger than the last market. It will also foster a community for local farmers and producers to meet.
Construction on the new 12,00o square foot building is rumored to start January 2015 for a summer 2015 opening. The new store will hopefully remain open until the new one is completed for a smooth transition.
Dyke developed the idea for Turnip Truck in 2001. The first Nashville Turnip Truck came to the Gulch in 2010. For 13 years, the market has helped Nashville elevate its organic and fresh food economy.
The store will offer more parking, larger selection of groceries and produce, a larger juice bar, a hot food bar, a salad bar, baked goods, meat and seafood stations, and beer and wine.
The new market, in its rendering, shows glass and brick building features and large windows. There is also a seating area that overlooks the neighboring East Park. Turnip Truck has also thought of creating an area for hydroponic growing of produce.
“I don’t want a grocery store where people walk through and check out and leave. Hopefully this will be a place where the community feels like, outside of their home, they have a gathering place,” Dyke said.