Dayton non-profit works to convert old store into market

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Convenient Plus on Xenia Avenue on the east side of Dayton closed for good about a year ago. A local non-profit is eyeing the vacant property hoping to convert it into something that will improve health conditions for city residents. 

East End Community Services is in the process of buying the property at 405 Xenia Avenue. The plan is for the store to carry fresh produce and meats. Shoppers would also buy ready-made soups, salads and sandwiches.

Getting to a store with those options now is a challenge as the area is considered a food desert.

EECS said the goal is to keep prices down. They hope to do that by selling locally grown food.

We’re growing a lot of produce in the neighborhood on vacant land right now. We have a lot of farmers working the land, Jan Lepore-Jentleson, executive director of EECS, said.

The store is still a year out from opening. The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $100,000. If you want to help with funding, you can donate by clicking here. Lepore-Jentleson said anyone with an interest in donating time or services in the construction phase is also encouraged to reach out.  

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