South End Grocery now open
The South End Grocery has opened in Downtown, offering area residents access to fresh produce, meals, and much more.
Located at 106 S Pearl Street, the market is Downtown's first Black-owned and charity-controlled grocery. Opening on year after the property, a former McDonald's, was purchased, the full-service operation offers fresh produce, deli and fish products, dry and nonperishable goods, beverages, frozen goods, and merchandise from local farmers. Owned by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, the market is presented by BlueLight Development Group, with 75 partner organizations and stakeholders joining together to provide equitable access to healthy produce and groceries.
Travon T. Jackson, president of BlueLight Development Group and executive director of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region said: "The South End food desert is over. With the fortitude of our partners, BlueLight has successfully set forth the first charitable partnership of its type in Albany - a Black-owned, farm-to-store affordable grocery subsidized by syndicated philanthropy. Thank you to our endowment partners and all our supporters for bringing us this far."
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