NewsDetroit People’s Food Co-Op Opens After 14 Years

Detroit People’s Food Co-Op Opens After 14 Years

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A Black-run, full-scale grocery store has finally opened to serve Detroit’s North End.

Detroit People’s Food Co-Op opened its doors for the first time on May 1 after years of preparation. With the goal of providing quality grocery options to a predominantly Black city, the Co-Op is a special novelty as anyone can be an owner by becoming a member. 

Lanay Gilbert-Williams, president of the co-op’s board of directors, boasted about the store’s opening, being completely different from major grocery retailers like Kroger. ​​“This is not something you’re invited to. It’s literally yours,” Gilbert-Williams said. 

“There is no rich person in the shadows. People can’t imagine such a heaven where all types of people have come together to do a thing and take ownership of a thing. It belongs to the entire community.”

Now, things have changed. Shoppers took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to post videos of the gorgeous establishment on its opening day, including one woman whose product was seen on the shelves. 

Walked over to Detroit People’s Food Co-op and what a beautiful packed scene it was. Lots of hugs from familiar and new faces in celebration of years of hard work and food justice advocacy. pic.twitter.com/8D9KbA6tho— Candice Fortman (cande313.bsky.social) (@Cande313) May 1, 2024

Actor and author Hill Harper, who is running for U.S. Senate for Michigan, also stopped by to talk to potential voters and celebrate the co-op’s success. “When you invest, good things happen. Invest in communities,” Harper said. 

“There hasn’t been real fresh produce anywhere around here for years. Investment works. Investing in people works.” 

With a huge smile, I can’t express how thrilled I am to see the Detroit People’s Food Co-op open its doors on Woodward!! Years & years of hard work and perseverance by all— and it’s owned by the people of the community!!A beacon of community empowerment, health, and… pic.twitter.com/Gze8yL7tds— Hill Harper for U.S. Senate (@hillharper) May 2, 2024

“Now, we have to run a successful grocery store, and so we’re appealing to our community to shop on a regular basis. It’s good to have opening-day excitement, but we need that excitement translated into regular sales for the store to be sustainable.” 

The official grand opening celebration, which will include “speakers, live bands, children’s activities, workshops,” will be held on May 18.


Source: Black Enterprise

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