Are you supporting your local black-owned grocery store? Aren’t sure if there’s one near you? Now more than ever is the time we should support other black businesses. Here are 4 black owned grocery store that you may have not known about until now.
Circle Food Store – New Orleans
The Circle Food Store is located in New Orleans. Circle Food provides catering, fresh deli and bakery. Their fruits and vegetables are organic and locally grown. They also offer great selections of meat and seafood. What is unique about Circle store is their selections of meat. Their meat selection includes Pig’s feet and lips, Cow tongue, Rabbit, Oxtails, Turkey Neck and wings, Beef Kidney and more. You can visit their website at circlefoodsnola.com and check out their weekly specials. Circle Food also have a free app that you can download. If you are living in New Orleans, be sure to support this black owned business that has been around for many decades!
Leon’s Thriftway Supermarket – Kansas City, MO
Leon Stapleton is the oldest owner of Leon’s Thrifty Supermarket located in Kansas City, MO. Leon bought the store back in 1968, following the riot after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Leon is the pillar of the community. Helping those who are in a financial bind. He have given some of his longest customers free groceries. Mr. Stapleton has even driven home some of his customers who had to catch the bus in the heat. Over the years, Leon children and his grandchildren all have worked in the supermarket. Customers grew up going to Mr. Leon’s store have become extended family. Those are the same people who came together to save the supermarket when it was about to close in 2015. His loyalty to his customers and the community is why his store is indeed the longest black owned grocery store in the country. If you live in Kansas City, be sure to continue to support Leon Stapleton and his store. You will see him greeting customers with a smile and making sure your shopping experience with his store is a pleasant one.
Metro Foodland Supermarket – Detroit, Michigan
Metro Foodland Supermarket is the only black owned grocery store in Detroit. Located in the Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhood, Metro Foodland have supplied the neighborhood with fresh foods and healthy choices for nearly 3 decades. In 1984, James Hooks decided to take a gamble and bought a Kroger Building that went out of business. At the time, Hooks had to deal with 3 other competitor stores in the same area. While the others eventually went out of business, Metro Foodland is still standing. James Hooks is dedicated to supply healthy foods in his store. His store motto is” Better Food, Better Health, Better You! *Come and See!” Be sure to check out this black owned store if you live Baltimore. This is a great food store. Keep supporting.
Save-A-Lot – Louisiana
Retired NFL player Tyrone Legette used to play for the New Orleans Saints. Legette opened a Save-A-Lot in North Baton Rouge. His mission is to draw people back into the community that seemed to be abandoned. With Save-A-Lot, it can potentially bring those in the community together and start supporting each other and the business. If you are in the North Baton Rouge area, be sure to stop by the store. Support the community and see that it is revived and flourishing. This is a great first step.
It is extremely important to support black owned business. We have to put our money where our mouth is. Support those who want to have a bright future for their families. Remember, together we can stand. So let’s support black businesses!
Written by Keke Waldon, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic