This 21,000 square foot grocery store is like a mirage in what used to be a food desert in South Union.
The city of Houston has been plagued by food deserts in lower income areas like north and southeast Houston. We’re talking about communities where big chain grocery stores have refused to locate.
But Houston businessman John Voung did not turn a blind eye to the southeast community in need of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and affordable prices.
He opened his 13th store since 1994 and called it Pyburn’s Farm Fresh Foods.
Voung has also hired 40 people from the area.
Customers are also excited and flocking to the store that’s been open less than a month.
The centralized location of the store on Scott Street near 610 makes it convenient for those who don’t have a car.
Pyburn’s moved to South Union after Houston City Councilman Dwight Boykins began an aggressive campaign to address the food desert in his district. Now he’s proud of the store that’s a block from where he once lived as a kid.