Franklinton Lower Lights Nonprofit Grocery Store Will Open In September

The Lower Lights Nonprofit Grocery Store will open in the beginning of September, provided there are no bumps in the road. Lower Lights Christian Health Center has announced that they have received enough funding to begin this project that is two years in the making. This store comes after the residents of the Franklinton neighborhood have long been waiting for relief from the area’s lack of a grocery store.

The 15,000-square-foot grocery store will supply the community with seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods provided by the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. However, the grocery store, run by the Christian nonprofit, store will not sell alcohol or tobacco products.

The full-service grocery store and cafe will also supply one full-time and 12 part-time jobs. Lower Lights hopes to hire people from the Franklinton community to fill these positions.

The new endeavor will be located in the same building as the Lower Lights Christian Health Center at 1160 W. Broad St. in Franklinton.

The space will also include a cafe where the public can visit to learn about healthy foods and how to prepare them.

For the past three years, Vinton County, has been in a similar situation to the people of Franklinton. The county was in the middle of a food desert. Residents of the in southeastern Ohio county have had to drive to neighboring counties to buy their groceries.

Campbell’s Market, a family owned grocery store, expanded its chain of stores to the Appalachian area and answered the prayers of Vinton County locals.

Campbell’s Market broke ground last week and is set to open in August of this year.

Finance Fund, an organization that helps and revilalizes Ohio’s unserserved communities, has played a large role in helping both Vinton County and the Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton in the quest for easy food access. Finance Fund aided Lower Lights with a $25,000 grant “for preconstruction architectural and business plans” according to a press release on their website.

Finance Fund was one of the many organizations that stood up to help address this issue. The Franklinton Board of Trade, West Side Community Fund, and others have also played a large role in getting this plan off the ground.

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