- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - City officials are committing $250,000 to prompt a grocery store to open in one of Greensboro’s worst food deserts.

Multiple media reports say Greensboro’s City Council on Tuesday approved the grant for the Renaissance Community Co-op because grocery store chains have abandoned the neighborhood since 1998.

The city has already bought the property, donated it to the project and helped pay for its renovation.

Organizers have spent years selling more than 500 co-op memberships at $100 apiece and collecting donations or commitments totaling $1.2 million.

But that was still nearly $600,000 short of the money needed to open the store.

The group is in negotiations with Guilford County for funding.

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