JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The City of Jacksonville is taking steps to help Northwest Jacksonville residents who live in a food wasteland.
Earlier this week, Rowes IGA council approved a $ 750,000 grant to renovate a store that Harvey closed two years ago in the Commonwealth Shopping Plaza on Edgewood Avenue. Seven miles away, Winn-Dixie has shown an interest in filling the position where Publix is currently located in the Gateway Shopping Plaza in Norwood on Norwood Avenue
Publix announced that it will close before the end of the year after failing to renew the lease.
Winn-Dixie is asking the city to provide a financial incentive of $ 850,000 to open the gateway location. Without the chain entering into an agreement with the city, this area will be left without a grocery store and fresh food will be inaccessible to residents.
“It’s kind of tragic,” said Shahid Jones, who lives in the area. “I will probably have to go to another place. However, this is much more convenient. We all need a convenient place to get groceries. “
The residents are hopeful grocery stores, and the city will comply with these agreements to facilitate food access.
Deloris Jackson, who lives in the Paxon area, enjoyed Rowe’s IGA in Commonweath Plaza.
“Butter, bread and milk. We’re always running out, ”said Jackson. “We are the forgotten here. We don’t have a decent restaurant, we don’t have a bank so we’re just left out. “
The Daily Record also reports that the city council approved $ 300,000 to fund four pilot programs to give residents of northwest Jacksonville access to fresh food.
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