Detroit Evening Report: Detroit will have its first Black-owned grocery store in nearly a decade

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Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood is getting a full service Black-owned grocery store.

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CBS Detroit reports The Neighborhood Grocery received $85,000 from Motor City Match this month.

Owner Raphael Wright says he collected to the rest of the money to make the store a reality from the community. The store is under construction at the corner of Manistique and Essex and is set to open this summer.

“This neighborhood is classed as a desert because there’s no immediate grocery store in it,” Wright told CBS Detroit. “I’m on this mission of rebuilding the neighborhoods that I grew up in and that starts with food.”

The last Black-owned grocery store in Detroit closed its doors in 2014.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.