MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A new SuperLo Foods opened in the Orange Mound community Wednesday.
It is located on Lamar Avenue. The area, like many others across Memphis, has battled with the reality of being a food desert.
Since February 2018, there was no full-service supermarket providing fresh produce, meat, and other healthy options for the neighborhood.
As of Wednesday morning, that all changed. Doors officially opened to customers with aisles and shelves fully stocked.
The store manager said it took about three weeks to get everything ready.
The building was previously the location for a Kroger; however, they said the site did not fit their business plan. Thus, it closed.
Community members and political leaders including the Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke out against the closure. Protests and complaints led to Kroger promising the Orange Mound Community another supermarket option.
They donated the property to SuperLo Foods. The property is valued at an estimated $750,000.
Kroger kept the building up since the day it shut its doors. The SuperLo store manager said that helped in providing a quick turnaround.
SuperLo will employ 28 full-time employees with an average salary of $35,000. There will also be dozens of part-time jobs available.
Opening day kicked off with appearance of special guests such as Grizz, the Grizzline and Claw Crew, members of the city council, and Mayor Jim Strickland.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony also took place signifying the official opening of the grocery store.