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Business Brief: $750k In City Funds Could Go To Grocery Store In Food Desert

exterior of closed Harvey's
Jacksonville Daily Record
Rowe's IGA Supermarket could take space of closed Harveys in Commonwealth Shopping Center.

The City Council is considering a bill issuing a $750,000 grant to Commonwealth SDC LLC to renovate and reopen a shuttered grocery store in Northwest Jacksonville.

Rowe's IGA Supermarkets owner Rob Rowe proposes to open in the former Harveys grocery store at 1020 Edgewood Ave. N. in the Commonwealth Shopping Center.

City Council President Scott Wilson filed Ordinance 2019-767 this month at the request of the mayor’s office.

The grant will be used by landlord Saglo Development Corp. of Miami to open the Rowe’s IGA Supermarket at the site, considered by the city to be in a food desert.

Rowe said on Oct. 8 that there isn’t a full-service grocery store within 2 to 3 miles of the Edgewood Avenue shopping center. Rowe’s will offer groceries including deli, bakery, seafood and meat departments. There will not be a pharmacy.

Pending approvals, it could open by March and hire up to 90 people.

Read the full story on the Jax Daily Record’s website.