INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August 5, 2015) - A grassy lot on Indy's east side will soon be transformed into a 40,000 sq. ft. retail pad. After years of sitting vacant, a Save A Lot grocery store will be built in the lot, putting an end to the food desert that has plagued the neighborhood for nearly two decades.
“Neighbors do not have access to food. They are shopping at dollar stores and gas stations right now. So for us, after 20 years of being a food desert we are excited about this opportunity,” says Amandula Anderson Executive Director at United North East Community Development Corporation
The Save A Lot grocery store is set to open near 38th and Meadows Drive by early June of 2016. After years of work on the $9 million dollar project, community leaders are excited to offer residents access to healthy, fresh and affordable food.
“The dollar stores do not sell fresh meat and vegetables. So I think that it is an excellent idea to bring the grocery store here for the inner communities to have somewhere to shop at. Just like any other person that is able to go back and forth to the grocery store,” says east side resident Quiana Kirk.
In recent years, residents say the area has been plagued with crime and community issues. Now many are hopeful the new construction will attract other businesses into the area to help complete the transformation into a healthier and happier place to live.
“I think that they are really excited about having more options, having access to the grocery store. Walkability is really important in our neighborhood. So I have had nothing but really good responses from our community members,” says Anderson.