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‘Food desert’ no more: Grocery store in Mountainair thriving

Kasia Gregorczyk
November 22, 2017 10:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Last year, the Mountainair community was on an ambitious fundraising journey to reopen the only grocery store in town. Heading into Thanksgiving, the days of driving 90 miles round trip just for fresh produce and groceries are over.

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In 2016, Nancy McCloud was determined to raise $150,000 to bring a grocery store back to the town. Today, she is a grocery store owner.

“Sometimes people will just come up to me and just say you know have we told you how much we appreciate you today which is just really, really gratifying,” she said.

A lot has changed since the time when the town's only options were chips, soda or other snack foods from 7-Eleven or Family Dollar. Since getting up and running about five months ago, B Street Market is bustling with business, and McCloud has jumped into the whole experience feet first.

“I had to learn about refrigeration, and you’re only as good as the people you hire,” she said. “I have some really good people who are working for me now and there’s a lot of components to this business. More than most people would think.”

While McCloud works toward a graduate degree in nutrition, she's also bringing some of those wholesome options to the deli inside the market hoping to spark lasting change in her small community.

“I wanted to show people you could cook food that was healthy and didn’t have a lot of sugar in it,” she said. “And people are really enjoying the food and spending a lot of time here and bringing friends and having dinner or lunch.”

In the future, B Street Market hopes to offer educational classes on eating and cooking healthy and adding more local sources for their produce and meat.

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Kasia Gregorczyk

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