Green Grocer Project

Creating access to quality grocery stores may not be the most traditional of economic development strategies, but it is an essential element to vibrant, sustainable communities.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Detroit’s economic development arm, understood the need to develop a strong grocery economy for the city and engaged Urbane Development to help design and implement a program that would assist new and existing Detroit grocers offer a high quality shopping experience to Detroit residents.

The Green Grocer Project (GGP) is a DEGC-initiative dedicated to supporting existing full-service grocers operating in Detroit through financial, operational, and technical assistance, as well as attracting new grocery operators to the city of Detroit. GGP launched in May of 2010.

Urbane Development provided its expertise through the design and structuring of the initiative to ensure the development of program tailored to the needs of the Detroit grocery community.

Program elements include: a dedicated gap financing pool, operational technical assistance resources through pre-qualified consultants, and a grocery clearinghouse staffed by DEGC to spearhead grocery attraction and site selection, as well as act as liaison to Detroit grocers in engaging government processes.

Urbane is currently monitoring the project and as well as providing direct technical assistance to DEGC and Detroit grocery stores participating in the program.