Downtown Joplin Alliance’s newly announced Empire Market received a shot in the arm, thanks to a grant awarded by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The nearly $43 thousand dollar grant was funded by the USDA’s specialty Crop Block grant program, which aims to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops. The grant will aid in marketing and promotions, as well as, cooking demonstrations and educational gardens.

The Empire Market is scheduled to open in April of 2018. It will be located at the former Empire District Electric warehouse on East 4th Street in Joplin.