April 22, 2021

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Pensacola Black-owned grocery retail outlet Occupied Bee to open up in January

In a person month, Pensacola’s only Black-owned grocery shop will open up up its doors on North Ninth Avenue. 

When Marni Woodson, operator of Asher & Bee, Apothecary and Teahouse, opens The Busy Bee, Mercantile & General Shop on Jan. 29, she believes it will fill a simple void in the neighborhood off Fairfield Generate — an accessible, centralized grocery store that sells fresh, actual and cost-effective food stuff. 

“To me, this is a food desert,” Woodson stated on Monday. “When I to start with introduced my other business in this article I assumed, ‘OK, where’s the closest grocery keep?’ And they closed the Barnes Supermarkets more than below, closer towards Cervantes. And so, for this distinct place, people have to go fairly considerably to go obtain refreshing deliver or just any grocery products, truly. The two Publixes are too considerably absent.”

Owner Marni Woodson gives a tour Monday, Dec. 21, of the space that she will convert into The Busy Bee, Mercantile & General Store at 3002 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola.

About two a long time in the past, Woodson had the chance to open Asher & Bee in downtown Pensacola, an accomplishment that had her brimming with accomplishment. But it wasn’t as well lengthy after opening that she realized something felt off about her undertaking. 

She reported she used significant time striving to convey Black shoppers to her, in advance of beginning to feel it was her responsibility to bring business back to the customers. Especially, she required to be in District 5, which is vastly populated by Black citizens.