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Posted on: June 21, 2022

Surry Marketplace Update

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  • Surry County was awarded a $300,000 grant for food access to eliminate the county’s designation as a food desert.

 

  • The Surry County Board of Supervisors committed to match the $300,000 grant with local dollars to solidify its investment in the Community and its commitment to invest resources to improve healthy living opportunities, especially those related to exercise and diet.  This action was consistent with the county’s  Comprehensive Plan – Strategy 6 – “Compared to the average Virginian, Surry residents have more limited access to healthy foods and exercise opportunities. Surry County should continue its efforts to attract a grocery store and build a community center to address these health concerns”.

 

  • Based on the previously awarded grant and local match commitment, additional grant dollars in the amount of $107,000 were awarded to Surry County in support of the local market project “Surry Marketplace”.

 

  • Surry Marketplace LLC owns the former hardware store in the Town of Surry and is working to convert the building into a local market/grocery store.

 

  • Surry Marketplace LLC has signed an agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) a Providence, RI based natural and organic food company. UNFI was formerly known as Supervalu. UNFI is the largest publicly traded wholesale distributor of health and specialty food in the United States and Canada. The agreement that exists between Surry Marketplace and UNFI is for the design and management of the interior buildout of the Surry Marketplace Local Market.

 

  • UNFI’s Store Design & Equipment division has completed a preliminary  conceptual plan for the interior buildout of the store.

 

  • The next phase of the local market project will include equipment acquisition which will be coordinated between Surry Marketplace LLC, UNFI and the Surry County Economic Development Authority.

 

  • Final review of the conceptual plan will be coordinated between UNFI’s Project Manager, The project’s General Contractor and the County’s Building Official. All final plans and drawings will be submitted to Surry County’s Building Official for review and approval before construction commences. A revised timeline will be provided after permits have been issued.




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