For more than 30 years, immigrants, professional chefs and adventurous home cooks have been beating a path to the door of Global Market, which Ed and Sunee Moore first opened in 1971 at 1513 Church St. But ever since March, when the couple were forced to move from their longtime home, loyal customers have found only an empty store, the shelves bare of food products, spices, herbs, dry goods and cooking utensils from all over the world.
When their landlord leased the building to another business late last year, the Moores reluctantly began hunting for a new location. "It is hard to leave a place you have been in so long," says Ed Moore. "Our customer base is so varied and spread out, we didn't know if they would be able to find us."
The search has not been helped by the fact that the landlord would not allow the Moores to put a sign in the door directing customers to the new location of the Global Market, which is now at 918 Vine St. While the Moores left flyers with a locater map in a plastic sleeve on a telephone pole outside the store, the sheets have disappeared quickly, and not a day goes by that former customers don't come by the building looking for the little grocery.
Though the newly relocated Global Market is a little off the beaten path, it isn't hard to find if you navigate by a couple of well-known Nashville landmarks: Turn off Eighth Avenue South onto Chestnut Street, turn left onto Fort Negley Boulevard, go about 50 yards past the Adventure Science Center, and turn left onto Vine Street. A large sign for Global Market hangs on the huge green warehouse-type building, which is also home to Belle Meade Flooring.
A small set of chimes hanging on the door announces arrivals and departuresa necessity considering the cavernous, 6,000-square-foot space. Customers will find the same vast expanse of products that used to be confined to a much smaller area; shelves are stocked by region/cuisine, as are the deep freezers, which offer frozen foods from Africa, the Philippines, Mexico/Central America, Japan, China, Russia and Britain.
The move has been emotionally tough for the couple, says Ed. "It's like leaving a house you've lived in for 30 years, and you go back to see it and just hope the new people will take good care of it." In the meanwhile, Ed and Sunee are keeping the lights on in their new home at 918 Vine St. For more information, call the store at 242-8593. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.