New grocery store downtown Lansing puts an end to decades long ‘food desert’

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) Larry Consentino has lived in Lansing for 30 years. In that time, he says there has never been a grocery store downtown.

“There would be little specialty stores like in Old Town where you can go get pickled beets and chocolate and stuff,” says Cosentino, but unfortunately no store with fresh produce available daily.

“People accepted it as the way things were although they’ve often refereed to areas like this as what they call a food desert.”

The decades long food desert is ending tomorrow when the Capital City Market opens on East Michigan Ave. and South Larch St.

“It seemed like something the downtown Lansing community had been lacking for a long time so were just happy to have the market open real soon,” says store director Mitchell Cook.
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