Downtown New Albany continues to boom, organic market moving in

Downtown New Albany continues to boom, organic market moving in
Stacey Freibert (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Stacey Freibert (Source: WAVE 3 News)
New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan (Source: WAVE 3 News)
New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan (Source: WAVE 3 News)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Historic buildings are being restored and new businesses are moving in. The pulse of downtown New Albany is beating once again and loudly.

In just a matter of weeks New Albany will have its first organic grocery store and deli called Seeds and Greens. It's just one of several new developments in downtown and city leaders say they couldn't be more thrilled.

“It's important to me when people come in, they know that we are what we say we are,” said Seeds and Greens owner Stacey Freibert.

Inside what used to be a Civil War hospital on the corner of First and Market behind the antique mall, Freibert's vision is coming to life.


"The market is really growing and I just felt like it was something New Albany definitely needed and wanted," said Freibert.

Freibert, who is from the area, says there was no doubt she wanted to set up shop in downtown New Albany.

"I've heard so many people say that we need a market for people to shop," said Freibert. "There's a lot of people living downtown now in apartment and New Albany has just taken off in the last five years."

In the last few years it would be hard not to notice the downtown development going on.

"We've got a group of contractors that have a have niche on how to re-purpose these buildings and developed an expertise," said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Along Main Street, buildings are being renovated and soon the city will have more options for downtown apartments and condos. An upscale Italian restaurant is preparing to open its doors.

Mayor Gahan says the secret to a booming downtown is a collaborative effort.

"We have a lot whole lot of different groups of people that all have the same goal that is to bring it back to what it can be and what it has been," said Gahan.

Seeds and Greens will have their official grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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