Argentine area bags long-awaited grocery store - KCTV5

Argentine area bags long-awaited grocery store

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

It has been a long time in the works but a KCK community is finally getting a grocery store.

The Argentine Neighborhood hasn't had one in about 10 years, and the government calls it a "food desert" due to it's lack of fresh, healthy foods.

However, access is the biggest problem.  The community is blocked in by major interstates and a rail yard.

Now, after years of planning, the "food desert" is becoming a food oasis.

"The first question everyone asks me when they see me is 'when, when, when, when?' And so it's very exciting for me to finally be saying it is coming," Executive Director of Argentine Betterment Corporation Tim Russell said.

After nearly a decade, the Argentine neighborhood is getting a Save-A-Lot.  Currently, the closest grocery store is 3 miles away, which is a haul for most.

"A lot of the people in our neighborhood are seniors are lower income who don't have transportation. The bus lines are not conducive to get us to the places we want to go from here without travel," Russell said.

Vandals are the only visitors the lot at South 21st Street and Metropolitan Avenue in KCK has seen in years.  The broken glass and crumbling building will be cleared out to make way for the store.

It is all part of a neighborhood revamp.  One that is personal for Russell who grew up in the neighborhood and remembers the way it was and what it could become again.

"We are really prettying up the place, and now we are getting the development that we needed the services that we need that our people deserve," he said.

The store will offer a convenient and healthy choice for families in the Argentine Neighborhood.

"It's going to be a lifesaver for me.  I'll save gas.  You know it is more economical that way. something nicer couldn't have happened to this area," said Christina Becker, a single mother of four.

Plus, the bus stop just down the street will be moved directly across the street for even easier access.

Construction is expected to take six to eight months and bring about 100 jobs.

The store itself will create about 30 retail jobs in the area and should be open by the fall.

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