FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Despite some setbacks, things are getting better inside the North Flint Food Market.
The building that houses the market looks quiet from the outside.
But inside, things are vibrant and we’ve made great progress in recent weeks.
“This is a fully operational grocery store, 21,000 square feet from front to back,” said Arlene Wilborn, the store’s general manager.
From a dairy showcase, a butcher corner for produce displays, and even a community event room, Northsiders can plan on having all their grocery needs taken care of not far from home.
Flint City Council President and District 2 Leader Ladell Lewis couldn’t agree more.
“You don’t have to go to your local Walmart or Kroger anymore. I don’t mean to disrespect those places, but it’s important to be able to shop and patronize where you live,” Lewis said. said.
It’s also great to be able to get involved in a community business. As a co-op member, you can vote on how your store is developed and run.
Like member Norman Bryant
“We’ve come a long way in the Flint North End, and I think we need to be a part of that,” Bryant said. “We need to show that by showing that we can create jobs here and sell good food for our people.”
However, residents have voiced concerns about the store, which has been eagerly awaiting its opening, and the store is in dire straits.
“COVID-19 has caused prices for everything from materials to labor to go up,” Lewis said.
“Then there was a big impact on the supply chain, everyone wanted the same thing, and there wasn’t enough people to produce the materials,” Wilborn said.
The sawn wood I ordered a few months ago has just been delivered.
“So you have to have patience with this project,” Wilborn said.
Wilborn said there is more work to be done, but the mission is worth the wait.
“As we did when we opened, we will tell you that there are some issues with this project, but please give us some grace to understand that we want to make a difference in our community. Please give us time to make changes,” Wilborn said.
Wilborn said if the store becomes profitable in the future, members will vote on how the money will be spent within the community.
The goal is to open the North Flint Food Market to residents by the end of 2024, pending completion of construction, hiring and logistics.