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  • 1. SIGN OF POSITIVE CHANGE— STOCKBOX GROCERS Erin Prasad, Food and Society, Fall 2011
  • 2. Issue: Food Deserts
    • What is a Food Desert?
      • “ An area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious foods, particularly in a low-income area” --USDA
      • They are defined as barriers which restrict access to healthy food caused by
        • Lack of access to grocery stores
        • Availability of nutritious foods
        • Affordability of foods
  • 3. One part of the solution: Stockbox Grocers
    • Stockbox Grocers: What are they?
      • A miniature grocery store established in a 20 foot shipping container dropped off in any neighborhood parking lot
      • The stores carry a variety of fresh produce and other household food items, from broccoli to soy milk to peanut butter
  • 4. How is this a positive sign?
    • These stores emulate the espresso stand model, and are easily and inexpensively erected in any parking lot
    • They carry over 300 items
    • The main focus of the business is to be in a place where the community needs it the most while also:
      • Providing fresh produce and home staples
      • Keeping the prices comparable to grocery stores
  • 5. What does a miniature store look like?
    • Small!
    • Efficient!
  • 6. Who is Stockbox Grocers?
    • Two newly graduated MBA students from Bainbridge Graduate Institute: Carrie Ferrence and Jacqueline Gjurgevich
    • Funding:
      • $12,500 from UW Business Plan Competition
      • $20,000 grant from Seattle/King County Public Health and Seattle Office of Economic Development
      • $20,000 from Kickstarter Drive
  • 7. Prototype Store
    • Westhaven Apartment Building parking lot
    • Delridge neighborhood of West seattle
    • Opened for 8 weeks from Sept-Nov 2011
    • Mission: To better understand the needs of their customers
  • 8. The Future of Stockbox
    • Cities such as Detroit and Washington D.C. have already requested stores
    • At least one permanent store will open in Seattle by April 2012
    • Projected to open 3 stores in the Delridge, Skyway, and South Park neighborhoods of Seattle by the end of 2102
    • “ Join us in launching a good food revolution!”
        • --Stockbox Grocers
  • 9. References/Resources:
    • http://www.stockboxgrocers.com
    • http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert/
    • http://mynorthwest.com/75/574144/Shipping-container-may-house-your-next-neighborhood-grocery-store
    • http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016707129_stockbox07m.html
    • http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/a-start-up-tries-to-eliminate-food-deserts/ - more-50511
    Thank You!