Al Person a West Side entrepreneur plans to open a supermarket in early 2022 that will become North Lawndale’s only full-service grocery store that is Black-owned, located at 628 S. Pulaski Road. Next to the supermarket, Person will also launch a cafe and ice cream shop called Sugar Rush. The two are expected to open before spring 2022. Person is working with the Black Farmers Association to partner with farms that can bring in high-quality, affordable food.
According to Block Club Chicago Person stated “We don’t have fresh food. We don’t have a Black-owned coffee shop,” Person said. “These are the things that our community is supposed to have. We shouldn’t have to go to another neighborhood to sit down and have a nice cup of coffee. Our community deserves those same benefits.”
Persons also mentioned “The importance of local grocery stores and Black-owned businesses became increasingly evident during the 2020 protests after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. At that time, it was extremely difficult for many residents to get basic necessities like food.”
We will keep you informed on the launch and info about the Market and Cafe, we cant wait to visit and support Person in his endeavors.
— Block Club Chicago (@BlockClubCHI) December 29, 2021