Community Building at the Grocery Store

Often viewed simply as a commercial space, a grocery store’s value can extend beyond the sum of its transactions. As Winnipeg’s indigenous-owned and -operated Neechi Commons demonstrates, they can also be a cornerstone of community engagement, pride and revitalization. By harnessing the important role that food plays in culture, Neechi Commons supports renewed growth in the culture of a marginalized community, while creating economic opportunities and improving access to nutritious food. Perhaps it’s time for the humble grocery store to figure more centrally in the inclusive and healthy community?

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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