When the management of Cornerstone Baptist Church noticed the necessity for recent, wholesome meals of their South Dallas neighborhood, they regarded for an answer. The reply? Southpoint Neighborhood Market, a small nonprofit grocery retailer that the church partnered with the Actual Property Council to convey to life.
“One of many issues that got here up was the truth that there was no entry to recent, inexpensive meals,” stated Cornerstone Baptist Church Pastor Chris Simmons. “They want good, high quality meals at an inexpensive worth.”
South Dallas is a meals desert, the place entry to recent, wholesome meals is restricted, as are transportation choices. The impact of that seeps into the well being of the neighborhood.
“We’ve got individuals who have excessive ranges of hypertension and diabetes as a result of they typically eat meals which are excessive in fats,” Simmons stated.
“We dwell in an space that was once the ‘moist’ aspect of Dallas,” stated Cornerstone program director Donald Wesson Jr., referring to the variety of liquor shops within the space. “Renaming South Dallas as a spot for meals and neighborhood, not no matter South Dallas is understood for at present.”
The 800 to 1,000 sq. foot area on an deserted strip of enterprise in South Ervay is being renovated as a market with room for native entrepreneurs to promote their wares as effectively. The hope is that the market will lay the inspiration for extra companies and jobs within the neighborhood.
“It is a ‘when you construct it, will they arrive?'” Wesson stated.
“Our hope is that it sends a message to the broader neighborhood that there’s a want for a serious grocery retailer on this space,” Simmons stated, saying that if a serious grocery retailer got here in and put them out of enterprise, ” that shall be a very good factor. “
The Southpoint Neighborhood Market is planning a grand opening on June 19.