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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you're not able to walk to the grocery store or spend less than five minutes in the car to get to one from your house, you might not realize how precious a commodity it is.

It’s one reason the Renaissance Community Co-op is trying hard to get a store on Phillips Avenue in northeast Greensboro launched by the end of the year.

The project has been in the works for three years, but has recently run into funding problems to get the store open to the public.

A meeting to update the community on progress to launch the grocery store in the old Winn-Dixie building is set for Monday, March 16. The meeting will be held on the Presbyterian Church of the Cross on Phillips at 7 p.m.

Tyeisha Hairston would benefit from the store opening. She knows a lot of her neighbors would as well.

“It would be more convenient for people who don't have cars. It will bring in jobs,” said Hairston.

Hairston said she knows too many people who rely on the bus to get to the nearest grocery store.

Brett Bryson recently moved to Greensboro from Cleveland, Ohio. She believes adding a community owned grocery store will bring some extra benefits besides just fresh produce.

“It will hopefully add lighting to such a blighted situation,” said Bryson of the shopping center that is also home to a Family Dollar and a library branch. “Security is a main focus here -- the library is like a diamond in the rough.”