Once-empty Supermarket in West Philly is now a Hub for Food Entrepeneurship

What was once an abandoned supermarket in West Philadelphia is now a renovated “food enterprise incubator.”

On Friday, September 14, Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia joined Della Clark, Executive Director of The Enterprise Center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises. The new facility, located in a renovated supermarket at 310 S. 48th St. in West Philadelphia, houses four certified commercial kitchens available for area food entrepreneurs to lease. The Center for Culinary Enterprises will also provide entrepreneurship training and support to help these micro food enterprises grow and succeed.

Front row: U.S. Economic Development Administration Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt S. Erskine,  Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, The Enterprise Center President Della Clark, Dorrance H. Hamilton, State Senator Vincent Hughes
Second Row: Philadelphia LISC Executive Director Andy Frishkoff, City Council Member Jannie Blackwell

“We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with The Enterprise Center,” said LISC Director Andrew Frishkoff. “The Center for Culinary Enterprises is a signature project that embodies LISC’s Sustainable Communities approach in West Philadelphia. The center eliminates a blighted building, brings jobs and economic development through business incubation, provides healthy food options, and offers educational programming for neighbors and residents.”

> Read the Next American City article.

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