Residents living in a working-class community in the heart of Jackson now have a very basic, but essential component in their community. If you've passed by the Jackson Medical Mall lately you've probably seen the new Save-A-Lot grocery store. It may not seem like a big deal to many, but folks who live in the area say the new addition is a Blessing.
Lorraine Daniels works in the meat department at the new Save-A-Lot grocery store right next to the Jackson Medical Mall. Not only is she thrilled to have her job, but she's grateful to finally have a grocery store that's immediately in her neighborhood.
Daniels, says, "it's a Blessing because we had to go so far to the grocery store and a lot of people in this area don't have cars."
"You can walk to the grocery store in this area now whereas before they couldn't," says Jackson resident Lucy Lane.
Friday is the official grand opening for the new Save-A-Lot. Prior to the stores opening, residents living near the medical mall had to travel outside of their community just to buy fresh food and produce.
Daniels says "we'd have to go to Ellis Avenue, Fortification, Dooley Street or Northside Drive, that's a long distance compared to right here at the medical mall."
In order to quickly pick-up a basic ingredient like some sugar, Daniels says before the new grocery store was built, she would have to go to a convenient store where she'd end up spending an arm and a leg.
"For us to just be able to come up here and grab the things we need without paying a fortune for them it's a blessing," says Daniels.
Dan Myers is the owner and operator of the new Save-A-Lot. He says stocking fresh fruits, vegetables and meat in the store is a needed asset to shoppers.
"The medical mall has a real push for fresh fruits, we moved the produce up front, we've made the produce section larger," says Myers.
The store owner says shoppers can save up to forty percent off of their groceries at Save-A-Lot. In addition to helping people save on cash, the new store is also putting lots of people to work.
"Right now we have 60 employees and hopefully that'll grow as business grows," says Myers.
The new store is located at the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Woodrow Wilson Avenue. It's open seven days a week, 7AM to 9PM.
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