A facade improvement program for neighborhood grocery stores in Detroit has been launched by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Green Grocer Project.

The project is now accepting applications from grocers for matching grants up to $50,0000 to transform the street look of stores.

“Detroit’s grocers have been freshening up the interiors of their stores and bringing in fresh new products, and they’ve told us their priority now is putting a fresh look on their facades.” said Mimi Pledl, program manager for the Green Grocer Project in a release. “Investments in exterior improvements can increase a store’s value to the community and attract more customers.”

Among the facade improvements which could qualify for the grants include:

  • attractive exterior materials
  • seasonal landscaping
  • inviting signage and awnings
  • interesting windows and displays

Officials with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. stated that facade improvements can have dual benefits. In addition to enhancing the curb appeal, they can enhance the security of the store with improved lighting, welcoming and safe entrances and open parking spaces.

For more information about the program, visit greengrocerproject.org.



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