Oasis Fresh Market opens in north Tulsa to combat ‘food desert’ reputation

TULSA, Okla. — A new grocery store opening in north Tulsa on Monday is expected to help fill a longstanding need for fresh food options in the area.

Oasis Fresh Market, the first full grocery store to open in the area in more than a decade, opened at 11 a.m.

Store owner Aaron Johnson says right now people have to drive at least 10 miles to get to the closest full grocery store, so this will help families in the area.

Johnson says this store will be a step toward ridding north Tulsa from its reputation as a food desert.

He also started a nonprofit called “The Oasis Project” that will nominate families and individuals in the community to get free groceries. Those people will also have opportunities on the first Saturday every month for community give-back.

The nonprofit will provide community resources where families can get help with GEDs, homeowners, banking, resume building, nutrition advice, tax help and interview training.

Oasis has a handful of jobs left available. Anyone interested can visit the store near Pine and Peoria to ask for hiring manager Rebecca Tyler to learn more.

The store’s regular hours will be Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.