Tempe brings mobile market to former Food City site

Shoppers participated in the mobile market March 8. (Courtesy city of Tempe)
Shoppers participated in the mobile market March 8. (Courtesy city of Tempe)

Shoppers participated in the mobile market March 8. (Courtesy city of Tempe)

In an effort to fill a void left when Food City closed on Apache Boulevard, the city of Tempe and Farm Express Mobile Market partnered to bring fresh groceries to residents in a mobile market every other Tuesday.

The Farm Express Mobile Market will be available every other Tuesday at the former Food City parking lot at 1338 E. Apache Blvd. This month, shoppers can visit the market March 22 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tempe purchased the Apache Central Center, previously known as Pollack Apache Center, in 2022 after Food City closed with plans to add affordable housing and another grocery store in the neighborhood, according to city officials.

“Farm Express is well known for offering mobile fresh produce shopping at different locations in Tempe, and we’re excited to add another option on Apache,” Mayor Corey D. Woods said in a news release. “We want to create a living and shopping hub at the Apache Central Center site, and while we’re planning for the future, residents can still shop in their neighborhood for fresh fruits and vegetables.”

The market accepts cash, SNAP/EBT and debit/credit. The market offers a buy one, get one free deal for shoppers using their SNAP/EBT cards: For every dollar spent, shoppers earn another dollar in Double Up Food Bucks to spend on the bus.


The Farm Express Mobile Market is a regular presence in Tempe every other Tuesday. Residents can shop at the following locations:

Encore on Farmer

601 S. Farmer Ave.

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mountain Park Health Center

1840 E. Broadway Road

11 a.m.-noon

Tempe Public Library

3500 S. Rural Road

1-2 p.m.

Apache Central Center

1338 E. Apache Blvd.

2:30-3:30 p.m.