Detroit’s New Black-Owned Grocery: Making a Community Impact
On October 8, Neighborhood Grocery, an equity-crowdfunded grocery store founded by Detroit native Raphael Wright, officially opened its doors. This Black-owned grocery store, located in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood, has a primary mission of promoting community health. It’s a transformation of a former liquor store into a health food shop located at the corner of Essex and Manistique.
The vision becomes a reality.
Wright initially conceived the idea of creating a community grocery store that local residents could invest in back in 2017. Six years later, with the support of an $85,000 Motor City Match grant, his vision has become a reality.
Gaining the attention of Detroiters.
Neighborhood Grocery has gotten attention in Detroit. One person recommended the store on Facebook, giving it a 5 out of 5 stars rating and stating, “This market is so needed. I was really impressed with all the affordable wellness products there. You could tell this market is a labor of love and his care for the community.” Another person praised the store’s convenient location and its selection of fresh and nutritious food, noting, “Definitely recommend. Invest in our community & watch us all benefit.”
In addition to establishing the grocery store in Detroit, Wright is also the founder of Big Pharma Garden, a half-acre market garden located on the city’s east side. He advocates for entrepreneurship and financial literacy, particularly for residents in underserved urban areas.
Wright’s grocery store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is located at 500 Manistique in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood (District 4). The store’s 3,500 square feet and has a bit of everything. This includes fresh produce, meat, dairy, deli goodies, health, and beauty products, and, of course, all your grocery needs.
The grocery store also provides opportunities for people to purchase equity in the store and support food-insecure families by sponsoring grocery boxes. Learn more about Neighborhood Grocery here.