Grants Available to Improve Grocery Store Façades


The Detroit Green Grocer Project (GGP) recently launched a new façade improvement program to upgrade the exteriors of Detroit’s neighborhood grocery stores and at least one store owner is encouraging fellow owners to take advantage of it.

“Do it.  It will make your store look that much nicer and help keep customers in Detroit,” said Ray Watha, co-owner of 7 Mile Foods. Watha worked with DEGC to replace old brick and make other improvements to his store’s exterior, as well as increase the size of its parking lot and the lighting in it. The success Watha had with his enhancements was one of the reasons we decided to create a special program for façade improvements.

Detroit’s grocers have been freshening up the interiors of their stores and bringing in fresh new products, and now their priority is to put a fresh new look on their facades.

Façade improvements may include:

  • Attractive exterior materials
  • Seasonal landscaping
  • Inviting signage and awnings
  • Interesting windows and displays

We are also supporting façade improvements such as improved lighting, welcoming and safe entrances, and open parking spaces that can enhance a store’s security.

The new façade improvement program is accepting applications from grocers for 50/50 matching grants up to $50,000 to transform the street look of their stores. Complete information and a grant application can be found at  Potential applicants may direct questions to or call (313) 237-6092.  The fax number is (313) 963-8839.

Mimi Pledl

Program manager, Green Grocer Project 

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