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New grocery store coming to a Denver food desert – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2021-09-14 19:35:53 –

The Denver-Sun Valley area is full of new residential homes, but always lacks one grocery store.

“The nearest grocery store is about 2.5 miles from here, so we’re in the food desert,” said Annie Hancock, interim director of community connectivity at the Denver Housing Department.

That’s why Hancock wanted to make sure there was a grocery store nearby with a new gateway project that included both affordable and market-priced apartments.

“People who live upstairs, live on the streets and work in the neighborhood can come down here, and now they have access to the fresh produce grown in the neighborhood.” Said Hancock.

Located on 995 North Decatur Street, the 1,800-square-foot Decatur Fresh Marketplace is a DHA project that not only sells fresh produce and essentials to Sun Valley residents, but also provides full-time work opportunities and internships.

“We already had a lot of job listings from the people living here so that we could work here, support the space and help run the space,” Hancock said.

For Annie Kornga, who just moved last month, having a market nearby will make a dramatic difference.

“If you run out of tomatoes, you can come here and get some tomatoes. You don’t have to go anywhere, like King Supers or 7/11,” says Kornga.

At its core, the focus of Decatur Fresh is on the community. Some of the products in the store are payment-based, and children under the age of 18 can have free meals on weekends. There is also an area where you can see products made in your neighborhood.

“It’s really a place to celebrate the culture of Sun Valley,” said Kornga.

The store is scheduled to open at the end of the month or early October.



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