Entrepreneur set to open community grocery store in heart of Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT – People who live in one of Detroit’s food deserts are banding together and doing something about it.
It comes in the form of a community-funded neighborhood grocery store right in the heart of Detroit’s Jefferson and Chalmers neighborhood.
Many are enthusiastic about the grocery store in the neighborhood right on Manistique.
“This is the upcoming grocery store in the neighborhood. It’s a jointly owned grocery store opening in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, ”said Raphael Wright.
Wright is the owner of the upcoming grocery store. He was born and raised in the area.
“They are signs of the resurrection. I was here like many other Detroiters in the worst case scenario in town. You can go outside and see rundown houses and vacant lots, ”Wright said.
That’s why he wants to give something back to the community that has given him so much. He does this by opening up a place to feed others.
“The ticket office will be right here. We’re not reinventing the wheel. At the till we’re going to rebuild the till here, “Wright said.
Wright said this is critically important as there are people in several areas of Detroit who live in these areas and do not have access to quality food.
“Fresh food, cooked food, healthy food. I see a full oasis in this room. This is a place in the area that doesn’t have an immediate grocery store. Food sovereignty is the basis for community development. If you want to develop the community, you have to bring good and healthy food to the community, ”Wright said.
Wright said the store will open in early fall 2021. If you would like to donate to fund the business, click here.
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