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$5.3M to Make Grocery Shopping in Detroit More Cheerful

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Without major chain grocery stores (aside from a tiny Whole Foods in Midtown), Detroit is served by a colorful collection of independent grocery stores and an unbeatable farmers market. Unfortunately, the industry's razor-thin profit margins (and security concerns) leave many independent stores stuck with drab, bunker-like exteriors. The Green Grocer Facade Program was created to help beautify these ugly ducklings, and it's already making a huge impact.
Funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by the DEGC, the program offered 50% matching grants (up to $50,000) and technical expertise to businesses willing to improve their external appeareance. The response was unexpectedly huge. According to a press release, sixteen stores have agreed to begin an estimated $5.3M in total renovation, $500K of which will be covered by grant money.
The press release names ten of those stores, which are mapped out below. The money can be used to improve facade materials, replace windows, enhance signage and lighting, and repave parking areas.

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Kit Kat Market

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E & L Supermercado

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Food farm Supermarket

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Farmer John Food Center

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University Foods

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Foodtown Grocery strore

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Garden Fresh Marketplace

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7 Mile Foods

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Indian Village Market

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Family Fair Food Center

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