When people think of “food deserts” — defined as places where access to fresh food is limited — they often think of urban areas.
However, it’s not just an urban challenge. There are countless food deserts in rural areas across the state, nation and region.
That’s certainly the case in eastern Wayne County, where just a couple of communities have local grocery stores. Wolcott has one, while the town of Rose lost its store several years ago.
To the south in Clyde, that was the case in 2010, when the former P&C Grocery on Columbia Street closed. Fortunately, Save-A-Lot took over the spot a few months later and served the community for some nine years.
In July 2019, Clyde is once again without a store, but this time the news is hardly dire.
On Aug. 1, the spot will reopen as Martin’s Grocery Outlet, owned and operated by Burnell and Karen Martin, who own a dairy and crop farm on nearby Jenkins Road in Galen.
Karen Martin worked at the former Save-A-Lot for the past year, said her husband as he took a break from readying the store for its opening.