Young Entrepreneur Opens Detroit’s Only Black-Owned Grocery Store

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Meet 34-year-old Raphael Wright, the founder and CEO of Neighborhood Grocery, the only Black-owned grocery store in Detroit, Michigan, and the first to open in the city in almost 10 years. Raphael has invested six years of hard work to bring this vision to life offering a fresh focus on health and community.

“To build a community you have to have healthy food and healthy access to the food and the start is in grocery stores,” Wright told WXYZ.

Wright, who is also a farmer, started his journey to create a grocery store in the underserved community in 2017. Three years later, he officially launched an equity crowdfunding campaign. He was then able to take over a former liquor store and turned it into the now Neighborhood Grocery in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.

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