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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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1. Kit Kat Market

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8330 Harper Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213

2. E & L Supermercado

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6000 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-2140
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3. Food farm Supermarket

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11550 Dexter Ave
Detroit, MI 48206
(313) 869-3888

4. Farmer John Food Center

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9731 harper
Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 921-0015
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5. University Foods

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1131 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-0815

6. Foodtown Grocery strore

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7811 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213

7. Garden Fresh Marketplace

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6680 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48210

8. 7 Mile Foods

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8139 7 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48234

9. Indian Village Market

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8415 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 824-5100

10. Family Fair Food Center

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700 Chene St
Detroit, MI 48207

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1. Kit Kat Market

8330 Harper Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

8330 Harper Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213

2. E & L Supermercado

6000 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

6000 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

3. Food farm Supermarket

11550 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206

11550 Dexter Ave
Detroit, MI 48206

4. Farmer John Food Center

9731 harper, Detroit, MI 48213

9731 harper
Detroit, MI 48213

5. University Foods

1131 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

1131 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Foodtown Grocery strore

7811 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

7811 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213

7. Garden Fresh Marketplace

6680 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48210

6680 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48210

8. 7 Mile Foods

8139 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48234

8139 7 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48234

9. Indian Village Market

8415 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

8415 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

10. Family Fair Food Center

700 Chene St, Detroit, MI 48207

700 Chene St
Detroit, MI 48207