LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thorntons LLC is partnering with the Louisville Urban League to open its first nonprofit community store at the Northon Healthcare Sports and Learning Center in the West End neighborhood of Louisville.
Thorntons will build this first-of-its-kind storefront at an exterior-facing location in the center and operate it as a not-for-profit venture to give back to the West End. Once doors open, all proceeds from sales at this location will be reinvested by the Louisville Urban League to promote equity and empowerment.
Store employees will be hired from the community to serve that same community, offering employment and professional development opportunities. The store will also serve as a local recruitment and training facility to increase access for the West End community to employment options across the Thorntons network.
The store is scheduled to open in early 2021 and will operate seven days a week. Offerings will include hot fresh foods, beverages, snacks, and fill-in groceries. Thorntons plans to actively work with local Black-owned businesses to showcase their products and grow their businesses.