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Grocery store set to open in food desert breaks ground

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Inner city residents in Kansas City will soon have a new place to shop for groceries.

ALDI broke ground on its latest Kansas City-area store Tuesday morning, promising it will be a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of what's often called a "food desert" at 3830 Prospect Avenue. The term "food desert" is often applied to areas without viable grocery stores within a reasonable proximity, and 39th and Prospect in Kansas City qualifies.

"We have been waiting for this project for a long time, a very long time," said third district councilman Jermaine Reed, who, along with Mayor Sly James, was on hand for the groundbreaking.

"We are now in a position to move full-speed ahead," said Reed. "We have renewed the urban landscape, and created new communities."

The site has been sitting vacant for ten years, but after winning approval earlier this year, city lawmakers and ALDI will be giving area residents a brand new supermarket.

Reed, who worked on this plan for two years, said area residents don't have many options when it comes to shopping for healthy food. He said he hopes this store, complete with a selection of fresh produce, will change that.

The store is slated to open in late 2013.

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