North Carolina neighborhood has come together to open their very own grocery store after 15 years of being without one

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Much of northeast Greensboro, North Carolina used to buy their groceries from a local Winn-Dixie. However, in 1998, despite being profitable, the store in the primarily black and lower-income community closed down due to the company relocating itself across the Southeast, according to Yes Magazine. The City of Greensboro attempted to listen to the demands of its citizens and find another grocery store willing to open in the area, but to no avail it didn’t happen.

Residents figured they would have to take matters into their own hands if they wanted a reliable source of food, and in 2012, community members and leaders gathered to form the Renaissance Co-op Committee (RCC). The RCC dedicated themselves to learning the ins and outs of opening and maintaining a cooperative grocery store, according to the store’s webpage.


In 2013, the RCC elected its Board of Directors for what would become the Renaissance Community Co-op, including a black president.

The co-op is serious about being committed to providing its workers with a livable wage. They are starting their employees out with a wage of $10 per hour.
The store is projected to open its doors officially in 2015, but for now, they are preparing for that day with community meetings and newsletters. They are also taking donations and seeking those interested in becoming co-owners.

-Tamara El(@_SheWise_)