Pensacola Black-owned grocery retailer Busy Bee to open up in January

In a person thirty day period, Pensacola’s only Black-owned grocery store will open up up its doorways on North Ninth Avenue. 

When Marni Woodson, operator of Asher & Bee, Apothecary and Teahouse, opens The Active Bee, Mercantile & Typical Keep on Jan. 29, she thinks it will fill a standard void in the community off Fairfield Drive — an obtainable, centralized grocery retail store that sells fresh, actual and very affordable meals. 

“To me, this is a foods desert,” Woodson explained on Monday. “When I initial brought my other company in this article I assumed, ‘OK, where’s the closest grocery retail outlet?’ And they closed the Barnes Supermarkets more than in this article, closer towards Cervantes. And so, for this distinct area, people have to go pretty significantly to go uncover new develop or just any grocery objects, actually. The two Publixes are way too far absent.”

Owner Marni Woodson gives a tour Monday, Dec. 21, of the space that she will convert into The Busy Bee, Mercantile & General Store at 3002 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola.

About two decades ago, Woodson had the opportunity to open up Asher & Bee in downtown Pensacola, an accomplishment that experienced her brimming with accomplishment. But it was not much too prolonged soon after opening that she understood one thing felt off about her venture. 

She stated she used substantial time attempting to bring Black buyers to her, just before beginning to feel it was her obligation to bring business back to the purchasers. Particularly, she wished to be in District 5, which is vastly populated by Black citizens.