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New supermarket concept targets Chicago’s African-American community

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO The owner of a chain of fast-casual restaurants in Chicago has created a new supermarket concept to target the city’s African-American community.

Quentin Love, who runs the “no beef, no pork” Quench restaurant chain is working with co-owner Dianna Wiley and healthy food and co-op advocate LaDonna Redmond to open Fresh Family Foods. The store is designed to address the problem of “food deserts,” neighborhoods without access to mainstream grocery stores. The store is a boutique-style supermarket that will offer fresh produce, a juice and coffee bar, prepared meals similar to Whole Foods and selections from the Quench menu.

“Our vision for Fresh Family Foods was to be an alternative to stores in minority communities that have traditionally charged two or three times the price for stale food and unattractive produce,” Love said in a statement. “Research shows that African-Americans have suffered disproportionately from heart disease and diabetes as a direct result of the poor food choices that are available to them close to home.”

The store, which will open Thursday, is located across from Chicago State University and will offer a 25% discount to students there. The store will not sell tobacco or alcohol. The sponsors said it would be the only black-owned grocery store in Illinois.

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Season six of the ‘The Office’ heads to Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. The sixth season of documentary-style comedy “The Office” now is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

As part of this groundbreaking set, the Blu-ray release of season six of “The Office” will allow fans to access content like never before via BD-Live. Through their Internet-connected Blu-ray player using BD-Live, purchasers now will have an opportunity to watch the latest five episodes from the seventh season after they air on their home televisions. Season seven episodes will be available in HD, pending individual Internet connection speeds.

This season of “The Office” focuses on the evolving lives of Dunder Mifflin’s hilariously irreverent employees, including Jim and Pam’s wedding and the birth of their daughter, Michael’s affair with a married woman and the acquisition of Dunder Mifflin by Sabre, a printer manufacturer.

The Blu-ray and DVD both are available on Sept. 7 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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Dollar General looks to sell beer, wine in select markets

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General on Wednesday confirmed the company is test-marketing the sale of beer — and wine, where allowed — in select stores throughout the Southeast.

According to published reports, those initial test markets include Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Over time, Dollar General expects to offer beer and/or wine in about half of its 9,000 stores nationwide, the company stated.

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