Apr 17, 2014 8:36 PM by Matt Fernandez
TUCSON - In a few months, the empty 6,000 square foot space off Congress and 6th Ave will be transformed into a downtown market and deli.
The Co-owner of Johnny Gibson's, Paul Cisek, says this will be a place that creates new jobs, help downtown grow, and bring the community together.
"Complete line of things that one might need to live downtown, that's a mandate we are going to hold very seriously, you are going to be able to come into the store, really shop it with what you need," said Cisek.
There are several lofts and apartments within walking distance of the store. Mike Gura has lived downtown for 8 years. He's excited about the new market.
"Finally, I know people have been trying for years but the population density has not been what they need from a super market, it's about time, it's so far to get a supermarket, this will be nice to walk somewhere and get groceries," said Gura.
The owner's decided to go with the name Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market after downtown icon Johnny Gibson. Gibson was a barber and Olympic style weight lifter. He was Mr. Arizona in 1950.
His son Steve is very proud of this market named after his dad. "My father was an icon he came downtown for over six decades cutting hair and selling bar bells he was good will ambassador to downtown," said Gibson.