Neighborhood Grocery

$48,350 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 486 people in 27 months
Since 2017, I’ve been on a journey to open a full service grocery store in a underserved community in Detroit. The grocery store concept I’ve developed in this time is that of a “smart” grocery store which is smaller format, tech-driven, community engaging, and culturally connected. A store that truly represents the community it serves is my company Neighborhood Grocery.

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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.

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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.
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Neighborhood Grocery will continue its relationship with SEMPA Farms of Michigan. SEMPA Farms is a southeastern Michigan cooperating farmers dedicated to unionizing to create favorable retail opportunities for stores such as ours. They battle to ensure fair pricing, consistency, and high quality “local” supply! Super excited!!
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As of today, Neighborhood Grocery is starting the architect bidding process for the Lin-Glen Bodega. With support from Motor City Match, NG is seeking an architect to produce the store’s floor plans, blueprints, permit captures, and other architectural requirements. #FeedtoLead
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Randy Vonck
22 months ago
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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

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April Flowers
26 months ago
2
2

Reach out to power 105.1 in New York. They said they were buying up properties out there, so there's already vested interest..you might be able to get some air time & or donations from them.

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JahNikki Maxey
26 months ago
2
2

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!

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Marcus Camp Cleveland
26 months ago
2
2

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

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Keke Jordan
26 months ago
2
2

I would like to get in contact with anyone regarding this. Myself and some other people have also been trying to get a black owned store together.

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Tostones
17 months ago
1
1

support my project. support my project

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Dennis
18 months ago
1
1

make the hook great again

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Dean
18 months ago
1
1

please share gofundme.com/starting-again-after-armed-robbery

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Abdulhalim Phoondrei-mayum
26 months ago
1
1

Great, nice job.

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Isam M. Berry Jr.
26 months ago
1
1

Church Financing !!! Commercial Mortgages !!! www.churchfinancingsolutions.net

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Benjamin Freeman
26 months ago

It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!

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Sirphirà
8 months ago

please help guys please i beg you im really in need right now my current situation is really difficult to handle for me please

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Nicolo
8 months ago

hello all please go to Pickle and Chips pod cast on gofundme

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Sirphirà
8 months ago

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

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Ben
16 months ago

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.

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West
18 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/williams-clothing-company

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Terietta M Marshall
23 months ago

Congratulations on winning SOUP! This is a wonderful idea and its great to see that the community is supporting it!!

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Dell Stubblefield
25 months ago

What side of town / location are you planning for your first store.

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SG
$20
Samantha Griffith
10 days ago
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RH
$20
Romen Harper
24 days ago
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1
$10
Logan Knoper
29 days ago

Raphael is passionate about providing healthy food access in his community. This a great project, and I want to show my support for this and other projects like this.

MK
$50
Marques King
1 month ago
1
1

I donated because quality food options in black communities are critical to black health, wealth, and neighborhood stability.

DH
$25
Debbiw Hass
1 month ago
1
1

Neighborhood groceries are important.

$100
Jerry McIntire
1 month ago
1
1

My family is all from Detroit. I hope this succeeds in a big way and blesses everyone who needs a good local grocery.

LH
$10
Larhonda Hodges
1 month ago

I am so happy about this move . That I had to give something. ✊

$100
Randy Vonck
1 month ago
1
1

Raphael presented at the 2017 Call To Action Midwest Conference in Detroit and I am glad to support him and his efforts.

RB
$5
Ryan Brown
2 months ago
$10
Anonymous
2 months ago
Randy Vonck
22 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
April Flowers
26 months ago
2
2

Reach out to power 105.1 in New York. They said they were buying up properties out there, so there's already vested interest..you might be able to get some air time & or donations from them.

+ Read More
JahNikki Maxey
26 months ago
2
2

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!

+ Read More
Marcus Camp Cleveland
26 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Keke Jordan
26 months ago
2
2

I would like to get in contact with anyone regarding this. Myself and some other people have also been trying to get a black owned store together.

+ Read More
Tostones
17 months ago
1
1

support my project. support my project

+ Read More
Dennis
18 months ago
1
1

make the hook great again

+ Read More
Dean
18 months ago
1
1

please share gofundme.com/starting-again-after-armed-robbery

+ Read More
Abdulhalim Phoondrei-mayum
26 months ago
1
1

Great, nice job.

+ Read More
Isam M. Berry Jr.
26 months ago
1
1

Church Financing !!! Commercial Mortgages !!! www.churchfinancingsolutions.net

+ Read More
Benjamin Freeman
26 months ago

It's gonna make a fine Grocery Store!

+ Read More
Sirphirà
8 months ago

please help guys please i beg you im really in need right now my current situation is really difficult to handle for me please

+ Read More
Nicolo
8 months ago

hello all please go to Pickle and Chips pod cast on gofundme

+ Read More
Sirphirà
8 months ago

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

+ Read More
Ben
16 months ago

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.

+ Read More
West
18 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/williams-clothing-company

+ Read More
Terietta M Marshall
23 months ago

Congratulations on winning SOUP! This is a wonderful idea and its great to see that the community is supporting it!!

+ Read More
Dell Stubblefield
25 months ago

What side of town / location are you planning for your first store.

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