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DeSantis approves grant for Greenville

Posted at 4:22 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 04:22:35-04

GREENVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) — Big things are coming to a small town in Florida thanks to a grant from Governor Ron DeSantis.

Greenville is your average small town in Florida. There's a library, churches, and a park. But what you won't find is a grocery store.

Gertrude Reddick, resident of Greenville for 89 years said " I loved those supermarkets that were here, we had about 4 supermarkets and now we don't have anything."

That's all going to change in the near future thanks to a $100,000 grant from Governor DeSantis, through the Rural Infrastructure Fund.

Mayor Brittani Brown says "to have something right here in town that they can go to get fresh food and fresh meats, and vegetables its absolutely going to be life-changing for this community."

Brown also said the grocery store is something the town desperately needs, and residents agree.

"I am so tired of going to Madison to get a loaf a bread, well I can get one at the dollar store but still, I will be so glad when that supermarket comes here," said Reddick.

Instead of traveling 30 minutes to Madison, or an hour to Tallahassee, Greenville residents will have fresh produce right in their neighborhood.

"Its going to be a supermarket between 12,000 and 15,000 square feet. Also for it to not only be a grocery store but we're putting in a mini clinic and having a deli inside," said Brown.

Brown says Plans for the new grocery store is in The very early stages so no dates have been set up yet, but she says once it is built it will give a face lift to the community.

"We're looking at not only for this grocery store but hopefully in future phases we see putting a laundry mat, doctor offices, like we have big plans for the town of Greenville," said Brown.

Currently residents can go to a Dollar General, a gas station, and a small convenient store.