Deep Roots at Golden Gate?
From Amanda Lehmert at the N&R:
The city of Greensboro may kick in $100,000 to help bring Deep Roots Market to downtown.
On Tuesday night, the City Council will consider providing a forgivable loan to pay for part of North Eugene Partners LLC’s planned $1.95 million market for the grocer.
In exchange, Deep Roots must commit to hiring five new full-time employees and the site must continue to be a grocery store for the 20-year term of the loan…
If the loan is approved, Deep Roots will be required to hire the new employees at an average wage of $12.95 an hour with paid medical benefits by March 2013.
Those conditions are absurd. Let’s consider the history. Marty Kotis once built a Taj Mahal for Deep Roots on West Market, only to find they couldn’t afford the lease. The reality is that Deep Roots, even with the city’s help, won’t be able to afford the lease downtown.
However, a modestly-sized grocery store stands empty at Golden Gate Shopping Center. This location is a whole lot closer to downtown than way out Spring Garden, where they are now. At some point, the movers and shakers in Greensboro are going to have to embrace pragmatism to find solutions.
Another reality is the former location of Harris-Teeter is too small for someone like Trader Joe’s, and unless we want another Aldi’s, Deep Roots would be perfect.
I think it is cruel to continue putting our local food co-op in these untenable situations. Somebody needs to grow a brain and offer a practical solution.