Foodtown is a full-service supermarket located on a primary thoroughfare in downtown Mount Vernon, New York, a densely populated, lower-income neighborhood where more than half of schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Financing from the HFHC Fund will enable the store’s owner, Esmail Mobarak, to complete a full renovation of the store and provide more fresh foods to the community. Mr. Mobarak is a second-generation grocer who owns another supermarket in the Bronx. He is highly involved in both locations and tailors his product mix to each neighborhood’s clientele. The HFHC Fund approved financing for the renovation, which will include installation of energy-efficient lighting and equipment and an expansion of Foodtown’s perishable departments by 3,000 square feet to accommodate a greater variety of produce, fish and meat to cater to the diverse preferences of local residents. Through these enhancements, Mr. Mobarak will be able to better serve the Mount Vernon community.
- 18,000 square feet of improved/expanded healthy food retail space
6,000 people served
50 permanent jobs created or preserved
- Empire State Development
- Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
- New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
- New York State Health Foundation
- The Reinvestment Fund
- The Food Trust