Lt. Gov. Abramson presents funding for Marketplace grocery equipment purchase
LUDLOW, Ky. (March 28, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced the grand opening of a new downtown Riverside Marketplace grocery in the city of Ludlow. Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson joined local and state leaders for the presentation of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) used to help purchase needed equipment for the new grocery store.
“This project is about more than opening a new grocery for the Ludlow community,” Beshear said. “It is about creating a quality downtown environment that enhances the community’s character, generates more jobs and attracts new business to the area.”
The city of Ludlow did not have its own grocery store, which forced residents to travel to the surrounding towns of Fort Mitchell, Covington or Fort Thomas to do their grocery shopping. The Riverside Market will not only provide the Ludlow community with local access to grocery products, but it also will create up to 30 new jobs in the area. The new supermarket also will provide a fuel center for area citizens.
“Unfortunately, the recent severe storms and tornadoes in our state remind us that the basic necessities of food and water can be taken away in a split second,” said Abramson. “Residents of all our communities should have the opportunity to easily access goods in times of both hardship and prosperity. Preparation is the key to safety and well-being, and the addition of this community marketplace will help the citizens of Ludlow have easy access to the products and goods they need.”
“The Riverside Marketplace project represents the very essence of what the Community Development Block Grant program is all about,” said Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder. “Not only does it provide the citizens of Ludlow with a centrally located and much-needed downtown grocery store, but it also enhances the overall community appeal and creates new sustainable full-time jobs.”
“This is great news for the people living in Ludlow who have been without a supermarket for years,” said Sen. Jack Westwood, of Erlanger. “Now they will have their own community grocery store within easy travelling distance from their home.”
The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kentucky’s congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.