City hopes to solve Albany’s food desert problem with new grocery store
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – A new grocery store is coming to Good Life City.
Albany city commissioners said the store would help solve problems that have gone on for too long.
Ward 6 commissioner Demetrius Young said South Albany has been a food desert for some time.
In general, people just haven’t had any fresh produce and fresh meats in this region.
Young said this fall, Food 4 Less grocery store will take over the vacant property that was Harvey’s Supermarket on West Gordon Avenue in South Albany.
He said he has been pushing for it since 2019.
According to city commissioners, it was a battle because in the past there were owners who did not want competition.
But after the lingering energy of Young and members of the community, it became a priority to make this happen.
Albany executives said they provided the funding to upgrade the store because the previous owner took things apart, like built-in freezers and coolers.
Young explained why South Albany needed this.
“South Albany is a viable place. Lots of residents who need fresh produce, produce and food options for shopping. The only thing we have in the majority are convenience stores, dollar stores, and fast food outlets, which is actually creating a health crisis, ”Young said.
Young also said there will be job fairs and hiring events for Food 4 Less coming up as well.
He expects the store to be operational and ready by October of this year.
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