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Walsh Community Grocery Store

Walsh Community Grocery Store

2018
Business Lending
Walsh
In 2006, the only full-service grocery store in Walsh closed and residents had to travel 20 miles out of town for groceries. A citizen-led committee formed, led by the mayor, to reopen the store and bring fresh food access back to the community. Now, Walsh Community Grocery Store is operated by a board of directors, and owned by community groups and members. 

To support the store’s significant upgrade needs in 2018, the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F), administered by CHFA, provided a $50,000 grant and a $50,000 loan. CO4F supported the replacement of outdated and inefficient equipment with new refrigeration and freezers. The new equipment improves energy efficiency, lowers utility and repair costs, extends product shelf-life, and enhances fresh food access for shoppers.

“We’re very thankful for the partnership we have with you,” said Board Director, Beverly Lohrey, regarding CO4F. “It made it possible for us to update our store and bring it into the 21st century.” Board Chair, Alan Packard added that CO4F, “was a lifesaver for us and for our community.”
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