— The Acme Markets in rural Montgomery County is set to open its doors to the public in the coming days after protesters blocked the entrance on Sunday.
Activists are protesting the closure of the local market by protesters who want to reopen the market as an alternative to Walmart.
Protesters said they planned to keep the protesters from the market.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who has made combating poverty a top priority, has said he plans to reopen a nearby Walmart store, as well as a gas station and a grocery store in the same area.
The protesters plan to meet with Leggetts administration officials Monday to discuss ways to reopen Acme Market and other retail stores.
Officials say the county and other communities around the county have been experiencing an uptick in retail sales.
On Sunday, the Acme Marketplace and other businesses in the county were closed by the protesters, who said they are trying to make a difference by buying and selling at Walmart, Target and other retailers.
Acme Markets is a nonprofit organization that sells organic produce, meats and vegetables.
Last month, Acme closed a retail store in New Orleans that was shuttered by protests after it was criticized for selling pork products.
“It’s just been an incredible outpouring of support,” Acme President and CEO Mike Davis said of the protests.
Some residents have taken to social media to criticize the protests and their timing.
One Facebook post by a local resident read: “Just wanted to let you know I support your effort.
If the protests can help us find a way to make Acme an even better place to shop, then I am 100% behind it.”
Other posts say Acme has a strong reputation for ethical, family-friendly, and affordable products.