New grocery store opening in Mid-South community

MARKS, Miss. — A small Mid-South community is getting a grocery store and it’s a big deal.

The Supervalu in Marks, Mississippi closed three years ago and that has meant that people have had to drive 50 miles round trip just to get groceries. That is about to end.

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Marks and Quitman County got a $200,000 grant from the Healthy Food Financing Initiative last year. That money is being used to help Jeffcoat’s Family Market renovate the building that formerly housed SuperValu Grocery.

County leaders said the new Jeffcoat’s Family Market is scheduled to open later this month.

Pastor Roderick Robinson Senior spoke to us about what it means for this community.

“I think it is a wonderful thing because we are a food desert and you know I am thankful to all the organizations that have been bringing food down here but we need our own store,” Robinson said.

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The nearest place from Quitman County and Marks where people can go to the grocery store is in Batesville, which is 25 minutes away.

“As far as gas is concerned I use about a quarter of a tank to go over there and come back and that’s about eight dollars, that could go on my grocery bill or go to help somebody in the church or we could spend it elsewhere but we are in a food desert,” Robinson said.

Locally folks told us they are also tired of seeing dollars that could help the tax base in Marks go elsewhere; so, the new market is a welcome sight.

“You get tired of running elsewhere to get what you need to eat, If you want something you have got to leave town to get it,” said Willie Lockett of Marks.

Jeffcoat’s Family Market also operates a store in Tunic.

The store that will open in Marks is a full-service grocery store.