Healthy Bodega in Detroit
Just last month, Neighborhood Grocery came to terms to partner with a local developer named Richland-Drexel LLC on the city’s westside to create a bodega to show proof of this concept. In a 1,500 sq.ft former party store located at 12737 Linwood Ave, Neighborhood Grocery is building the city’s FIRST smart bodega that embodies the quality of our grocery store concept. We’ll be offering fresh produce, prepared foods, common staple goods, and a variety of paper goods, and beauty care products, all in a store powered by the latest technologies.
Currently, Neighborhood Grocery is developing content in the form of videos, infographics, and presentations, and will also be aligned with several partners like American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and others to better educate our communities on health and nutrition.
As we stand, Neighborhood Grocery has a lease. The property owner who has started the renovations of the property, will also serve as Co-Operator of the bodega. We have received funding and support from Motor City Match, and the Green Grocer Project. Our startup requirements total $250k and with current contributions and commitments we stand with a $100k gap.
This campaign is designed to fill the gap and fulfill our startup requirements which are to finalize the space buildout, purchase new equipment, reconfigure current equipment, buy initial inventory, labor, marketing, and other admin expenses.
Aside from the funding gap, all of the needed resources are secured to execute a fall grand opening - building is bought up to code (as it stands), Neighborhood Grocery has secured a distributor, company has a full business plan, pro forma statements, operating plan, and marketing plan that is being executed as we speak. Also, Neighborhood Grocery is working with some amazing stakeholders to make this happen - FoodLab Detroit, Michigan Good Food Fund, Center for Community-Based Enterprises, American Heart Association, DEGC, Motor City Match, Green Grocer Project, TechTown Detroit, Build Institute, and University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
We are asking for your help to bring us home so we can show the world that this concept works. Our long term plans is to expand and replicate this model in as many neighborhoods as possible. This is our starting opportunity to doing this!
Thanks in advance!!!
Our journey has been covered in Huff Post, Fox 2 Detroit, Detroit Metro Times, Michigan Chronicle, American University, and many other publications.
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.