New Grocery Stores to Open in Food Deserts

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First lady Michelle Obama attended a press conference today, where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that four grocery chains will open 17 new stores in communities the mayor described as “food deserts,” neighborhoods with a shortage of available fresh food.

White House photo of First Lay Michelle Obama.

Supervalu Inc. plans to open a new Sav-A-Lot store by the end of the year in North Lawndale, and is working on new Sav-A-Lot stores in the Grand Boulevard, Austin, Near West Side, West Pullman, Morgan Park, Calumet Heights, West Englewood and Englewood communities, according to a press release from the mayor’s office. Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. plans to build three new Mariano’s Fresh Markets stores in Bronzeville, South Chicago and Forest Glenn; Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is slated to build three new stores on the south and southwest sides; and Aldi’s plans to build a store in Roseland.

Marianos' website photo of fresh fruits and vegatables.

In addition to these stores, Emanuel also announced that one of Chicago’s urban farm networks, Growing Power, has signed an agreement with Walgreens Co. and Aldi’s to produce jobs and economic development at farm sites in the city.

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3 Responses to “New Grocery Stores to Open in Food Deserts”

  1. Dr. Maat Says:

    Power to the people! Way to go, Growing Power! Sav-a-lot in north suburbs have organic, too. Will they bring organic to the city. And will Growing Power have more organic urban farms nd greenhouses on the westside? Westsiders need it.

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  3. Nene Says:

    I think CHA is planning on not housing the poor or low income anymore. They got to many people on the waitlist who really need housing to have all these vacant units. CHA is not where it is at I’m moving back to Minnesota where they take care of there people. HUD is looking into CHA taking money on vacant units so I know somebodys about to be fired and maybe CHA will start doing there jobs like opening up there waiting lists.

    Walmart is doing it big. I live in a food desert in the historic Pullman area. We will be getting a Walmart supercenter in April of 2013. We will also be getting a much needed shopping center and some brand new houses and apartments.

    I know where I’m trying to move to Oakwood Shores on 39th and Cottage Grove will be getting a new Walmart on 47th and Cottage Grove so Chicago is trying to come up in some ways. I will pray for em. I might just move back out of town.

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