ALDI holds groundbreaking for store in inner city

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tuesday ground will be broken on a new grocery store in what's considered a Kansas City, Missouri 'food desert.' Right now residents in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood have to go miles away to get to the closest grocery store, but that will soon change.

It's been 10 years that people have tried to get a grocery store built in the inner city. And now the new 16,000 square foot ALDI grocery store is expected to open in late 2013. That means many people who live in the neighborhood will no longer have to take the bus miles and miles away to haul back bags of heavy groceries.

Right now it's a huge challenge to just get something to eat. In the food desert all you'll find are convenience and liquor stores. There's a void of fresh food options like produce and meat. By the end of the year that will finally change after years and years of trying to get a grocery store in that part of town.

ALDI markets itself as a store that sells high quality grocery items at incredibly low prices. And, the store opening doesn't just mean healthier options for residents it also means more jobs. ALDI has pledged to hire people from the neighborhood for some of the more than dozen jobs the store will create.

Mayor Sly James will be among many city leaders at Tuesday's groundbreaking. It starts at 9 a.m. at 3830 Prospect in Kansas City, Missouri.

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