WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – By December, officials with the city and Honor Capital, LLC hope to open a Save-A-Lot grocery store at Harry and Broadway to help eliminate food deserts in our area.
“When you talk about fresh vegetables, things that provide a healthy lifestyle,” said Wichita City Council member James Clendenin, “people don’t even have the option to do it affordably.”
The Dillons there closed down mid July 2014.
“It left a void,” said Clendenin “it was like ripping a square from a quilt and leaving this gaping hole and so people felt the impact.”
Clendenin says residents have been talking about what could be done to fix the situation. That’s where groups like Honor Capital, LLC step in.
“About two years ago now, we set out on a mission to eliminate food deserts all across the country,” said Marcus Scarborough, VP of Community Engagement with Honor Capital. “We, you know, got together and really tried to figure out a mission where we could continue to serve our country and the American people.”
This will be the fourth Save-A-Lot they’ve opened and the second in the state of Kansas.
Clendenin says the partnership is one that’s a win-win for the community. He says it won’t cost any local tax payer dollars and will be able to have a significant impact in a community that needs help.
“Something as simple as a grocery store brings hope to a neighborhood,” said Clendenin. “That helps to transform it and make positive things happen.”