WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The New Hanover Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a donation of land from the City of Wilmington for a grocery store in an area long considered a food desert.
Last month, the Wilmington City Council unanimously voted to pass a resolution to donate property near the intersection of Hall and N. 10th streets to the county for a grocery store.
New Hanover County is collaborating with the Northside Food Cooperative to design and build the store.
“People in our communities don’t always get those things, they’re just told shouldn’t you be happy that this is something that you have and that is some thing that we want to change the narrative, that we don’t want perpetuated in this project any longer,” Northside Food Co Op’s project manager Cierra Washington said.
The grocery store, which would be located on a 2.584-acre lot at 905 N. 10th Street, will be constructed by the county and then owned and operated by the cooperative.
“They want a clean store, they want a store with quality products, they want to make sure that if they’re looking at produce at the counters it’s not rotted and bad just because you’re using EBT [or] snap, they want dignity in the things they are buying,” Washington added.
“This site is located within a USDA designated food desert and would be used to develop a small-scale, full-service, affordable grocery store in the Northside Community,” according to material prepared for the commissioners. “This would offer Northside residents a convenient and accessible location to access fresh, healthy food.”
The co op is working to get feedback from community members that will be using the grocery store to see what they want in the store, and what’s most important to them.
You can visit staff members in person or send a message online.
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