Lynchburg group wants to bring grocery store to downtown area

Oasis Project asked City Council for $3,000 to do a market feasibility study

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A group in Lynchburg is looking to open a grocery store in the downtown area. They’re known as the Oasis Project. The team is made up of community members from different backgrounds. They asked City Council for $3,000 to conduct a study addressing food disparities in Lynchburg.

Their studies show a grocery store is needed. They say more than 90 percent of people who are living in poverty in downtown don't have a grocery store within a mile radius and some people only make a trip to the store about once a month. 

“The Oasis group is asking for funding to fund half of the feasibility study so that then the group can move in presenting that information to potential developers, independent grocers, wholesalers,” Liza Dobson, Oasis Project, said. 

City Council will discuss the Oasis Project's presentation in November.

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