Organic grocery planning new store for southside

Once a month Jo Barr travels 45 minutes from her Greenwood home to the northside of Indianapolis for the chance to have more than one option of organic tomatoes and lettuce.

Most of the grocery stores in Johnson County sell organic items, but the selection is often slim, Barr said. She can buy only so many vegetables on her trips to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods because they’ll spoil before she can eat them.

Despite the grassroots efforts of local residents, there has been no luck in bringing a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods closer to the area. But a lack of similar options made the decision to open a store on the southside easier for one national company.

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