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Renaissance Co-Op opens its doors for business in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After years of planning and months of preparation, the folks in the northeast section of Greensboro finally have a grocery store in their community.

The Renaissance Community Co-Op opened its doors to customers on Friday.

"We have had customers in and out of this store since 8 this morning, quite a few wanted to be first in line...and they were,” said John Jones, board chairman for Renaissance Co-Op.

It took nearly five years for many who live in northeast Greensboro to have a grocery store to call their own.

"I’m just going to look first and see what my needs are because it's no point in my taking anything home to rot,” mentioned Doris Johnson, who came in on the first day.

"This is the first day, the first day is what we call a soft opening. Basically it is set-up for training,” Jones explained.

It has been almost 20 years since Winn Dixie left this part of town, now Renaissance Community Co-Op on its first day open for business, will look to fill that hole.

“It is just a blessing because we got a store up here and it is more convenient for people up here to find work than it do to go all the way out across town,” said William Graham, who works at the store.

The store is open to customers.  The co-op will have its grand opening celebrations on November 4th and 5th.