The recent customer bailout of Mt. Airy’s Food for All Market continues to get widespread media attention. The latest is Amy Kunkle’s interview with Dave Heller on WHYY radio’s NewsWorks Tonight.
Food for All Market is a specialty food market for people with food allergies. It announced earlier this month that it was closing after just 16 months in business. Owner Amy Kunkle said she tried a Groupon promotion in the summer of 2010 and it led to more than $10,000 in lost revenues.
A core group of loyal customers reached out to Kunkle to offer her financial assistance. Kunkle said the outpouring of support was so large that she decided to start an emergency fund drive to keep it open. It then became a race against the clock because Kunkle told NewsWorks that she had vendors to pay and liquidation was her only chance to pay them. On Wednesday, Jan 25 she announced that more than $50,000 in loans was pledged by two dozen customers to keep her open. Food for All Market in Mt. Airy is temporarily closed, but Kunkle said she will reopen February 10 with an expanded prepared foods menu and a new mix of grocery items.
Here are some the stories that were written about the little market that was saved by its customers.
Chestnut Hill Local 1/31/12 Neighbors loan $50,000 to save Mt. Airy market
Yahoo Local 1/27/12 How Food for All got in trouble and how its customers saved it
NewsWorks 1/27/12 How Mt. Airy’s ‘Food for All’ got in trouble and how its customers saved it
Mt. Airy Patch 1/27/12 Food For All Owner: ‘I Just Feel Revived’
CBS Philly 3 1/26/12 Local Store Almost Put Out Of Business By Groupon
Philadelphia Inquirer 1/27/12 Groupon offer damages Mt. Airy market, but Internet helps bring it back
NewsWorks 1/25/12 Customers bail out Philadelphia business overwhelmed by Groupon deal
Mt. Airy Patch 1/20/12 Food For All Owner Sets Fundraising Deadline of Monday Morning
NewsWorks 1/13/12 Philadelphia business overwhelmed by Groupon deal launches emergency fund drive
Mt. Airy Patch 1/10/12 Food For All Market Plans to Close; Neighbors Hope to Save It