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New Grocery and Credit Union for Columbia Neighborhood

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July 27, 2008

By Noelle Phillips – The State

After nearly five years of recruiting, a grocery store and credit union are moving into the Celia Saxon neighborhood, bringing economic development to an area often snubbed by other businesses.

The grocery and credit union are the finishing touch to a long effort toward revitalizing the community, said Columbia City Councilman E.W. Cromartie.

Three public housing projects are within walking distance of the new shopping center, and it is close to Benedict College and Allen University.

“It serves the needs of the community,” Cromartie said. “A lot of people in the area do not have transportation. We’re providing a nice place to shop.”

The 20,000-square-foot Columbia Food Fresh Market will be a full-service grocery, selling everything from fresh meat and produce to the usual non-perishable fare. And it will have a deli. The store is scheduled to open on Harden Street in September, said Gilbert Walker, executive director of the Columbia Housing Authority.

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