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Circle Food 4 Thought! is a community-based campaign started in Summer 2009 to rally support for bringing back the historic Circle Food Store, located in the 7th Ward of New Orleans.

The Circle Food Store
– is a community space providing for community needs
– provides much needed local access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food
– is the one-stop-shop for all your needs: groceries, fresh produce, school uniforms, bakery, dentist, pharmacy, coffee shop, and bill-paying facility
– is the first African American owned and operated grocery store in the city
– is an historic cultural landmark in New Orleans
– provides a space for local entrepreneurs
– will rejuvenate the 7th Ward, which is struggling to get back on its feet since the storm
– not just a grocery store: it is FAMILY

HISTORY
– Circle Food Market opened in 1919 as a farmer’s market.
– In 1938, the store was formally incorporated and eventually became a full grocery market.
– It was the first African-American owned and operated grocery store in New Orleans.
– The store has been closed since Hurricane Katrina caused massive flooding and structural damage.
– Bring Back Circle Day – August 25, 2007 – brought out over a thousand local residents to shop at an open air market held in the Circle Food Store parking lot.

WHY KEEP CIRCLE FOOD STORE LOCALLY OWNED?
– 60 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned store is reinvested in the local economy.
– 20 cents of every dollar spent at a chain store (e.g., Walgreens or WalMart) is reinvested in the local economy.
– 6 cents of every dollar spent at a big box retail grocery (e.g., Rouses or Albertsons) is reinvested in the local economy.

Please contact Circle Food 4 Thought! at circlefood4thought@gmail.com or 504-373-5117.

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