The Square 67 shopping center on Red Bird Lane at U.S. 67 is getting a locally owned grocery store.

Ann’s Health Food Center & Market announced on social media they’re hiring for a store “in the heart of South Oak Cliff,” at 2550 W. Red Bird Lane.

The first Ann’s opened in Oak Cliff in 1984. Now there are two — the one on Zang and one in Waxahachie.

General manager Ryan Muchrath says Ann’s is taking a space that’s just 2,500 square feet, and they envision the new shop as a “healthy convenience store.”

It will have vitamins and supplements, with some groceries, a smoothie bar and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

A Fitness Connection gym opened at the shopping center last year, and Munchrath says it already has 10,000 members. They expect the gym will drive traffic to Ann’s.

“It’s pretty busy from 7 in the morning to 10 at night,” Munchrath says.

If this smaller concept works, then the family owned company wants to expand it throughout the Dallas area.

They plan to open as soon as Jan. 1.

The company tried to get economic development funding from the city, but Ann’s plans didn’t line up with what the city was looking for. So the new store won’t receive any subsidies.

The shopping center has been without a grocery tenant for over 10 years. The last one we can remember is Sack N Save. Maybe that was more like 20 years ago?

At any rate, it’s good news for the neighborhoods surrounding the old Oak Cliff Country Club, the Golf Club of Dallas, where the nearest major groceries are Cash Saver on Polk at Camp Wisdom and the Kroger at Wynnewood.