Friday, August 27, 2010

ABC7 on the new Quench Fresh Family Foods on 95th street

Location: 336 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA

This store has been getting some media outside of this blog of course. Crains and ABC7 has done stories on this store. I posted the story from Crain's here yesterday.
Entrepreneur Quentin Love, founder of the popular Quench chain restaurants, has partnered with other entrepreneurs to open a grocery store alternative. Residents say the store is badly needed in their neighborhood.

"I think it's great...it's like a French grocery store," said Lenore Juarez, Chatham resident.

The store is the brain child of Chicago restaurateur Quentin Love and co-owner Dianna Wiley who teamed up with LaDonna Redmond, a longtime advocate of healthy food choices in minority communities.

"In our community there is a shortage of fresh produce. So the most important thing with Fresh Family Foods was to create the fresh produce market," said Love.

He brought in other entrepreneurs to open a grocery store that offers can goods, staples, a juice and coffee bar, brown sugar bakery goods, buttered, cheese and caramel Poptime popcorn, a butcher shop along with prepared meals.
Now this quote should ring true in other communities around the city:
The owners say they hope to open other fresh food stores in the future.They want to encourage other African Americans to open up businesses in their communities that will provide services that are desperately needed and to create jobs for residents.
Yeah, I hope there are other Fresh Family Food stores in the future. I often like to refer to the old Food Basket on 87th and King Drive that is now home to a Family Dollar. Perhaps one day Mr. Quentin Love can move into that location. There's also an empty grocery store on 83rd & Stony Island. There's another empty grocery store still just on 103rd & Eberhart. Just a short drive along King Drive from from the current location.

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