BlackOwned Grocery Store In Detroit
My project is an awardee of Motor City Match, the premier small business grant/resource program that's designed to connect businesses with brick and mortar locations, along with technical assistance and grant funding up to $100k.
I am working with a reputable operator, a wholesaler, and highly experienced consultants to ensure a successful launch and operation. Collaborators include the Michigan Good Food Fund, Foodlab Detroit, The Build Institute, LifeLine Consulting, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and the Center for Community Based Enterprises (C2BE).
Funds raised in this campaign will allow to approach this venture with a hefty cash balance which helps secure the needed investors and eliminates the need for much debt. Funds will go towards securing the Match grant funding from Motor City Match for $100k and to acquire the building. From there, I will be able to easily secure the remaining funds needed to launch and operate.
My journey has been covered by Fox 2 Detroit, Huffington Post, Metro Times, Blavity, American University, NextCity, Michigan Daily, and 910 AM Superstation.
For more info and updates, check out my website www.rafawright.com and find me on social media at:
LinkedIn: Raphael Wright
Thanks so so much in advance!
In other news, I want to announce the official separation between Neighborhood Grocery and Megan Burritt. Burritt was slated to become a partner and Operational Manager to Neighborhood Grocery. Although we are no longer working together, I appreciate her contributions and will always wish her well in her future endeavors.
Us Food Market was officially changed to Neighborhood Grocery to reflect the initial mission of the grocery store: To bring nutritious food to the places where people live. Detroiters realize that Whole Foods, Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart will not be opening locations in the neighborhoods which presents us with an extreme competitive advantage. The name change came from me forming a partnership with grocer Megan Burritt. Her operational experience aligned with my entrepreneurial prowess has been proven to be a fruitful relationship.
Neighborhood Grocery’s first outing as a company was Hatch Detroit which is a small business pitch competition for Detroit startups. The winner took home $50,000. Although we didn’t win, Meg and I know that we effectively made the city believers in this concept.
American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator
Currently, Neighborhood Grocery is participating in this year’s emPowered to Serve Urban Health Accelerator which is presented by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This accelerator includes 14 companies like ours that are using creative and disruptive business models to address urgent health issues in their communities. For us, food insecurity and its consequences are our agenda. We will be showcasing our concept at the UHA National Conference in Baltimore, MD on October 16th.
The process for securing has changed since my previous attempts. Whereas before I was pursuing a space to purchase outright which would’ve included been difficult given the development costs of the property and the furnishing of the business. Therefore, we decided to change direction and have been speaking with local developers to serve as our first partners. This will take the development costs away from Neighborhood Grocery so we can solely focus on developing the business. In the beginning, we would not own the space but overtime the option is to allowed to us, per our agreement. Going in this direction has really paid dividends for our company’s visibility. Community Development Corporations, and neighborhood organizations working to development their communities have recognized the value of Neighborhood Grocery which is making serious conversations for locations for us. Currently, we are having talks to possibly enter the Islandview neighborhood on Detroit’s eastside. However, we are also talking with other community entities about possibly making the move west. At this time, we are weighing our options to ensure we are making the right decision and finally get past this pivotal step: site control.
Hi, I'm very impressed by your efforts to open black owned grocery store in Detroit and have donated on GoFundMe. Call To Action, progressive, inclusive Catholic community is having a conference in Oct at St. Peter's Episcopal in Detroit. Would you like to speak? Thanks. –Randy Vonck rcvonck@gmail
If you're looking into different locations, here's one that may be of interest. It's the site if the previously named Red Apple grocery store, and it's a midpoint between East and West Detroit. https://commercial-real-estate.findthedata.com/l/3658332/52-Bartlett-St-Highland-Park-MI-48203 Hope to hear good news soon!
Peace King ! My name is Marcus I am from Cleveland , Ohio and we are trying to do the same thing here in Cleveland "Little Africa Coop Grocery Store" I was checking with you to see if you could be apart of our guest panel April 22, 2017 for our community meeting. 216-526-5241 campcleveland216 at gmail
It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!
please help guys please i beg you im really in need right now my current situation is really difficult to handle for me please
hello all please go to Pickle and Chips pod cast on gofundme
can you all please make my dreams come true im having a really hard time in life please can you all please check my campaign and donate my life is in your guy’s hands please i NEED HELP
Very proud that there are people out there like you. I wish you the best of luck! High hopes. On a side note, if anyone is looking to support a small venture, I am in search of any small donations to kickstart my venture! Thanks.
Congratulations on winning SOUP! This is a wonderful idea and its great to see that the community is supporting it!!
What side of town / location are you planning for your first store.