DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The owner of a new grocery store on South Limestone Street will commit this year’s worth of net profits from the enterprise toward improvements in Springfield.
Vipul Patel, M.D., said that he is donating the revenue to further the progress being made in the south side of the City. “Our intent in opening Groceryland was to fill a gap and meet a need that was evident within our community. Now that we have established this resource, we quickly realize that there is much more work to be done. We are now seeing that opening a grocery store is just the beginning,” said Dr. Vipul Patel.
Groceryland President Ravindra Patel says they opened their store in the south side of Springfield because residents were left living in a food desert. Now, the store has exceeded their margins and they say they quickly realized that there is much more work to be done on the south side.
“As the prices are going up everywhere, gas prices and everything, people will need support especially the south side of Springfield,” said Ravindra Patel. “That is the basic way to support the community while the community is supporting us.”
Ravindra says the partnership was formed after Dr. Patel’s patients expressed the need for a grocery store in the south side. Beforehand, the area was considered a food desert for residents.
“Dr. Patel found out that the patients who live in the south side are in need of a grocery store so when he found out, we made a plan and approached the city to get an opportunity to open a grocery store here, that’s what started all this.,” said Ravindra Patel.
Groceryland President says they plan to use funds to accomplish improvement projects in the south side, including supporting local food banks, religious organizations and Springfield’s student population.
“The school needs some support like if they’re organizing a festival or anything else and they need support, we are there to support them,” said Ravindra Patel.
While providing a source of fresh food options, Groceryland is redoubling its push to offer additional name-brand products and keep prices competitive with the local market. Groceryland is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.