COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - With the goal of keeping quality foods available in one of the city poorest areas, Columbia officials are considering a plan to build a new grocery store off of West Beltline Boulevard.
The plan, which also includes a new urban garden and community park, would see the site developed on a wooded piece of land not far from Highway 277.
City officials say the grocery store would fill a need for many area neighborhoods after Piggly Wiggly on West Beltline closed months ago.
Staff in Columbia's office of business opportunities are also looking to start the store using a 'co-op' model.
City officials say it will take about 1,000 members for the store to open its doors. Staff members are still seeking investors while studies for the project continue.
The city is aiming to make the new store a reality within the next two years.