Moses Onwubiko, a small business tax consultant opened Global Food Market in August of 2004, selling African, Caribbean, and Latin groceries and sundries. A few years ago, Moses decided to take time off from the business. After a short break, he was ready to open the store under a new name, Global Food Pittsburgh, but he needed a new location.
The process of finding a retail space was difficult and Moses began to feel discouraged. He was discussing his struggle with a customer, when she mentioned that her husband, Gordon, would be able to help. “Gordon” turned out to be Gordon Manker, Business Development Specialist at the WCDC.
“Once I got into contact with Gordon, he helped me right away by giving me a list of potential locations. I wouldn’t have found my new location in Wilkinsburg without his help.”
Global Food Pittsburgh’s new Wilkinsburg location on Penn Ave has been open for about three months. “The people in Wilkinsburg have been so welcoming and very supportive of my business. They want me to succeed.” Customers both new and old value Global Food Pittsburgh’s unique inventory and helpful staff. “Many people that come into the store need recipes in addition to the ingredients, so I try to guide them on how to make certain dishes.” Moses plans to have a grand opening for the store this spring.