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Ford Heights public housing complex gets a grocery store


Photo courtesy of  the Housing Authority of Cook County (@theHACCtweets).

Photo courtesy of the Housing Authority of Cook County (@theHACCtweets).


It’s not a Whole Foods or a Mariano’s, but the tiny grocery store that opened Wednesday in a Ford Heights public housing complex looks like a mirage to people who have been living in a food desert for more than two decades.

“It takes me 30 minutes by bus to get to the nearest grocery store,” said Gerell Jimerson, 30, a resident of Cook County’s Vera Yates Homes, who volunteered his time to paint the door, shutters and interior of the store, while planting window boxes and cutting the grass outside. “It was something I wanted to do as a resident of the community because we’re proud and happy to have this store open here…” Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown. ABC7, CBS Chicago and Fox 32 News have related stories.

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