Man planning to open Youngstown grocery store looks for grant money

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Earlier this month, a man from Youngstown shared with us his plans to open a grocery store on the city’s south side. On Thursday, he made the official announcement at the Soap Gallery downtown.

Ron Hilton updated the developments on his late father’s vision for the grocery store.

He explained how it will provide fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to an area deemed a “food desert.”

“The south side has no way to get fresh fruit, no vegetables and this will be a great option, another avenue for them to do so,” Hilton said. “This will also bring about jobs, economic growth. So it will benefit the neighborhood.”

About 15 people would work there.

Gene’s Market will cost about $2 million to develop. Hilton is looking for grant money.

He hopes to have it open in February.

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