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October 6, 2022

Feasibility study for grocery store in Hartford’s North End proposed

HBJ File Photo Downtown Hartford skyline.

The Hartford City Council is set to consider a resolution to study the feasibility of constructing a city-owned, full-service grocery store in the North End.

The area currently lacks a grocery store within 1 mile, making it a food desert, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The resolution, introduced by Councilman Joshua Michtom and Councilwoman Tiana Hercules, is on the agenda for the council’s Oct. 11 meeting.

The resolution directs the city’s director of development services to contract with an outside firm to conduct a feasibility study showing the costs of a city-owned-and-operated grocery store in the North End.

The study will be completed within six months of adoption, according to the resolution. It notes that the North End has for decades lacked a grocery store and that multiple attempts to attract a private operator have been unsuccessful.

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