Case Study - Renaissance (pre-open)

Sohnie Black
Dave Reed
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

The Renaissance Community Co-op (RCC) is a full service grocery store in a primarily African-American, low-resource community. Until the store opened in October 2016, this area of Northeast Greensboro was classified as a food desert for more than 18 years.

The five year effort to open the co-op was the culmination of a decade and a half of hard work to bring a grocery store back to the neighborhood. The RCC carries a primarily conventional product mix and features a hot bar, deli, and on-site butcher.

Hear all about the work that went into developing and opening the RCC from Sohnie Black and Dave Reed. They are staff members at the Fund for Democratic Communities, a Greensboro-based foundation that provided technical assistance to the community throughout the five year development period and continuing today.