City Unveils Two New ‘Healthy in a Hurry Stores’
WFPL News, Dec. 12, 2011
The six and seventh “Healthy in a Hurry Stores” open in Louisville, Kentucky, part of of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, which received a $7.9 million federal grant last year to address the lack food security in low-income areas. Happy Food Mart owned by Muhammad Akbar, who is using approximately $17,000 in grant funds to buy signage, equipment, technical assistance and a first order of produce. The Portland neighborhood store is the Curtis Market, which is owned by James Mitchell, who is using approximately $8,000 to expand the selection of fresh produce and to market the store throughout the area.
The organizers say fighting for food security at the corner stores level is a strategic advantage, but it has also proved to be financially successful for business owners. “They’re very prominent in communities and neighborhoods, they’re within walking distance from most residents and so having them have healthier food options for the residents just seemed like a great idea,” she says. “We now with the sixth and seventh we have some of the early participants in the program being able to show and demonstrate that their sales have actually increased for the entire store by virtue of adding the healthier food products.”