Lewis W. Diuguid

Food desert now oasis at 39th and Prospect in Kansas City

Updated: 2014-02-05T01:32:10Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

The new Aldi store at 39th Street and Prospect Avenue will be a welcomed addition in the black community.

That area used to have a full-service grocery store, but it left about 30 years ago. A grocery store had gone in nearby at the Linwood Shopping Center, but it closed a few years ago.

People in the black community have had to travel quite a distance just to get goods to prepare food at home. The Aldi store helps end in that part of Kansas City what first lady Michelle Obama calls a food desert.

As more people return to the urban core, more stores should follow.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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