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Del Paso Heights Welcomes An Oasis To The Middle Of Its Food Desert

Veronica Smith / City of Sacramento

Veronica Smith / City of Sacramento

For the first time since the 1980's, the Del Paso Heights area of Sacramento has a full-service grocery store.

Veronica Smith is with the city's economic development department. She says the area had been designated as one of Sacramento's "food deserts."

"People that don't have cars now have access, convenient access to fresh vegetables, fresh meats, healthy food options that they didn't have before."

Smith says the city helped Viva Supermarket negotiate the processes required to renovate an existing building and open a new store at Marysville Boulevard just north of Grand Avenue.

The store will employ 40 people. Almost all live in Del Paso Heights.

Smith says the million dollar project is expected to bring 30-million dollars in economic benefit to the area over the next 10 years.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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