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A closed Save A Lot grocery, which replaced a Whole Foods grocery, located at 832 W. 63rd St. the Englewood neighborhood is seen in this photo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

A closed Save A Lot grocery, which replaced a Whole Foods grocery, located at 832 W. 63rd St. the Englewood neighborhood is seen in this photo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

Pat Nabong

A closed Save A Lot grocery, which replaced a Whole Foods grocery, located at 832 W. 63rd St. the Englewood neighborhood is seen in this photo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

A closed Save A Lot grocery, which replaced a Whole Foods grocery, located at 832 W. 63rd St. the Englewood neighborhood is seen in this photo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

Pat Nabong

How a city-run grocery store in Chicago could work

Mayor Brandon Johnson said he’s exploring the possibility of a city-run grocery store. So, how would that work?

A closed Save A Lot grocery, which replaced a Whole Foods grocery, located at 832 W. 63rd St. the Englewood neighborhood is seen in this photo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

Pat Nabong

   

At least six grocery stores have closed on the South and West sides over the past two years, leaving some residents a half mile or more from the closest grocery store. Meanwhile, in the past decade, the number of Chicagoans living more than a mile away from a supermarket has increased by 63%. To address this, the mayor’s office is looking into the option of a city-run grocery store.

Reset learns how the model could work.

GUESTS: Ameya Pawar, senior advisor, Economic Security Project 

Asiaha Butler, executive director, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.)

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