Family-Owned Grocery Store Opens with Help From OCS
University Circle Inc. (UCI) invested FY 2012 Community Economic Development, Healthy Food Financing Initiative funds (CED-HFFI) toward the expansion of Constantino’s, a family-owned grocery store located in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. UCI used CED-HFFI funds from ACF's Office of Community Services to create employment opportunities for low-income individuals and improve nutrition in a community that currently lacks healthy food options. Through Constantino’s healthy food selections, the community can begin to make healthier lifestyle choices and dramatically improve the overall health of its residents, including reducing the rates of obesity and diabetes.
Constantino’s offers an alternative eating and gathering space for local residents. In addition to providing fresh food, the store includes a conference room and dining area and maintains a strong presence at community events. Constantino’s is also highly accessible — it is located near two major transportation lines and is across the street from an apartment complex that houses wheelchair-bound individuals. This new development is adapting to a shifting local market by balancing the seasonal influx of college students and outreach efforts toward low-income community members. As the area continues to provide economic opportunity, UCI has been approached to facilitate the development of an additional grocery store in Cleveland.
Grantee Contact Information:
University Circle, Incorporated
10831 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone (216) 791-3900