City Council and Mayor Ginther Announce Funds for New Grocery Store in Franklinton
Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced
$150,000 from the Westside Community Fund for a new 5,000-square foot,
not-for-profit grocery store and café to be located at 1160 W. Broad Street.
The store will provide locally grown fresh produce and other grocery items and
will create 15 new jobs.
"Access to affordable, nutritious food continues to be a priority for our neighborhoods," said President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson. "This is an incredible addition to the Franklinton area, and I applaud Lower Lights Christian Health Center for not only providing our residents with a full-service grocery store but also access to quality health care services. This is another great example of a public-private funding being used to enhance the quality of life for each of our residents.”
Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC) will develop
and operate the nonprofit grocery store/café. The grocery store will offer an
inventory of healthy and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats,
breads, ready-made foods and other grocery items sourced from local vendors and
national distributors. Alcohol and tobacco products will not be sold in
The store will also include a café that will offer
high-quality prepared foods at a reasonable cost. A 1,500 square foot
commercial kitchen will be built to prepare these foods. Goals of the
grocery and café are to provide education on proper diets and job training for
employees, and to become a social destination. Those with an income of
less than 200% of poverty guidelines will be charged a sliding fee for their
“Franklinton has been without a single full-service grocery store for many years. Residents are left to buy food from the area’s corner stores, gas stations and fast food restaurants,” said Mayor Ginther. “One of the keys to eliminating poverty is providing access to healthy foods. This new store will help to do that.”
"We are excited to provide resources for the residents
of Franklinton where access to affordable, fresh, healthy foods is desperately
needed. The support of the Westside Community Fund will make a world of
difference in the lives of our patients and for our neighborhood as a
whole," said Dr. Dana Vallangeon, CEO of LLCHC.
LLCHC provides care for over 14,000 patients annually, and
provides holistic primary health care, obstetrical, dental, optometry, mental
health, substance abuse, psychiatric, spiritual, and nutrition services, as
well as an onsite pharmacy at the Broad Street site in Franklinton.
The grocery store is expected to open fall 2017.