In 1965, Mr. Roosevelt "Ross" Evans opened his supermarket in Palm Bay
on the corner of Randolph and Florida Streets. The market was a neighborhood
pillar that provided a safe, attractive place to buy healthy food and sundry
items. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Evans created a place of employment for
community residents and economic stability.
Additionally, Evans Supermarket
was an important community gathering spot. Elderly residents would walk to the
store to shop for fresh meats or a box of salt, without the expense or hassle
of finding transportation to stores further away. While children waited at the
market for the school bus, Mr. Evans checked to make sure they completed
The community suffered after Mr.
Evans passing. New proprietors weren't connected with the community. The site
became a place of cover for illegal activities an eyesore. The city of Palm Bay
wrested control of the building and it was shuttered.
In 2007, a group of neighborhood
leaders and organizations began facilitating discussions to turn the market
into a community asset again, and in 2011 Evans Center Inc. became a non-profit
organization. Evans Center leaders engaged the community through a survey,
conversations, and collective participation. In 2012, Palm Bay demolished the
old market, making way for a new vision for Evans Center: a vision that would
honor the past and serve present community needs.
On March 9, 2019, Evans Center
unveiled its community healthy living model. The facility is a critical
component in stabilizing the community and rebuilding the vision of Mr. Evans
for a strong, prosperous and healthy community.
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