Partnership Gains Land for KC Grocery Store Project

KANSAS CITY, MO—A partnership of the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corp. and Truman Medical Centers has gained transfer of land from the city to build an $11.5 million grocery store at 27th Street and Troost Avenue.

The partnership also needed the receivership of the local Housing and Economic Development Financial Corp. The store will be a 35,000-sq.-ft. one-stop-grocery shop that will include produce, meats, and dairy items as well as specific ethnic foods relevant to the culture and lives of the customers, according to an economic development corporation statement.

The economic development corporation is focused on urban economic development in the immediate area around Hospital Hill near downtown Kansas City. Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit, two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. This health care focus presents an opportunity for business and development projects tied to health care, wellness, and health care technology.

The new store will partner with the community to employ a "local first" approach to include local businesses, urban farmers and community gardens that will provide much of the products available to customers. The store will also include a bakery, floral department, and preassembled and pre-prepared meals. A farmers' market is planned on the grounds as well as an area for outdoor community events.

"This is a significant milestone in our grocery store effort, not only will the store further the cause of healthy food in the urban core, but also the continued development of the Beacon Hill area," says Hospital Hill chairman and TMC Lakewood COO Charlie Shields in a statement.

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