MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The petitions and persistence paid off those in Orange Mound. Wednesday morning, a full-service supermarket opened its doors in that community for the first time in nearly two years.
Those at Superlo Foods welcomed their first customers at the same property where a Kroger store closed in February 2018, in turn creating a fresh produce and fresh meat desert for hundreds of people.
The response was strong as a steady stream of shoppers filled the parking lot throughout the day.
The Superlo Foods store opening served as a sweet reward for Orange Mound neighbors who never gave up fighting – or lost hope – in getting a grocery store back open on the block.
“It’s a blessing,” Orange Mound community leader LaTonia Blankenship said.
Blankenship fought hard for the sight she witnessed Wednesday: shoppers again heading into a full-service supermarket in her neighborhood.