PEORIA (WEEK) — A new grocery store will open early next year in South Peoria, and the owner has big plans for even more.
Peoria Pastor Chuck Brown is investing and creating the new store, called “Harvest Supermarket”. The market will occupy the former Aldi and Save-A-Lot location on Western Avenue. It will feature fresh produce, meats and much more.
“I just hope that this can be something that will help start a total revitalization of our community,” Brown said.
The South Peoria community has been without a local grocery store since the Kroger in Madison Park Shopping Center closed in. Brown says he dreams to help end the South Peoria food desert.
“[The community is] looking forward to not having to drive all the way over to East Peoria or way out on the north side of town in order to take advantage of food and the services they deserve,” Brown said.
But it’s not this building’s first rodeo. The store was first an Aldi until its closure in 2014. A second store, Save-A-Lot, lasted less than a year and closed in 2017. Brown says his small business model will help Harvest Supermarket succeed where the others did not.
“They are doing things at a national level,” Brown said. “They aren’t just looking at one store… It puts me at an advantage because I don’t have the same shareholders and people that need to be pleased at the top. So we can comfortably do this, and set our own pace.”
Brown is leasing the property, and his plans for the full-service grocery store also include a coffee shop and food court.
City Manager Patrick Urich sending support to Brown as well.
“It’s great to see private enterprise stepping in to serve the community,” Urich said in a statement. “We wish him well in his efforts.”
Brown hopes to bring on at least 20 workers to staff the store, and he wants to get local products onto his shelves. “Harvest Supermarket” is targeting a February 2022 grand opening.
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