Fresh Food Retailer Initiative fund recipient closes

Grocer got $117,000 for Central City site

A Central City grocery store that received a low-interest loan under a city-funded program to bring fresh foods to under-served New Orleans neighborhoods has been closed and placed on the market.

Owner Doug Kariker said the store was too much work. “I can’t do it anymore,” he said.

The store was not profitable, he said, “but in our business plan, we didn’t expect it to be” in the first year.

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