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January 1, Chicago Eyes First Government-Run Grocery Store



Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced a potential game-changer. The city is exploring creating a government-owned grocery store. This is to help “historically underserved communities.”

Mayor Johnson emphasized that every resident deserves convenient, affordable, and healthy grocery options. “A better, stronger, safer future is one where our youth and our communities have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive,” he said.

The mayor’s commitment is to bring innovative, whole-of-government solutions to tackle existing inequities. “I am proud to work alongside partners to take this step in envisioning what a municipally owned grocery store in Chicago could look like,” stated Johnson.

He noted that this project promotes “food equity.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimates reveal significant disparities in access to grocery stores in different areas of the city.

If realized, this would make Chicago the first major US city to have a government-owned grocery store to address “food inequity.”

Ameya Pawar from the Economic Security Project pointed out the transformative potential of this project. “The City of Chicago is reimagining the role government can play in our lives by exploring a public option for grocery stores via a municipally owned grocery store and market,” he said.

Pawar drew parallels with libraries and the postal service, saying a public option brings economic choice and power to communities. He sees a city-owned grocery store as a viable way to restore access to healthy food in neglected areas.

Currently, the administration is conducting a feasibility study. It’s determining how the new store can operate successfully in addressing the community needs and disparities in food access.

What We Think:

This move by Chicago to start a government-run grocery store is surely an interesting one. It’s about giving all folks, no matter where they live, access to good food. Now, we’ve seen government-run things before, like the post office.

So, the big question is, can the government really run a store efficiently and help the folks on the South and West sides?

It’s a noble goal to bring good food to every part of the city, especially where folks have had it tough. But, will this actually work or just end up being another failed government experiment? Only time will tell.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. captain blasto

    September 24, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    Government owned grocery stores. Next, government owned gas stations, hotels, fast food chains, “Healthcare,” churches, farms – EVERYTHING. Let’s Go Bradon! Noble goal my butt. Communist dictatorship in the making.

    • Karen Thomas

      September 28, 2023 at 9:01 am

      Communist dictatorship in the making is so true. Chicago’s mayor needs to re-locate himself to Russia, or Cuba, or North Korea, or maybe Venezuela since he loves the communist way of life; but leave AMERICA alone.

      • Alice

        September 29, 2023 at 5:12 pm

        This Jerk should be recalled! He’s letting the “crazies” run the asylum! The thugs should have a hay day wrecking this “government” grocery store!

  2. 1PatriotForever

    September 28, 2023 at 6:06 am

    Government owned or run is like asking the post office to feed you. Yes well there are ni brains here because what joke: The GUVMUNT gives the thieves payment so now they give them food directly

  3. Dennis Head

    September 28, 2023 at 6:15 am

    For profit stores left forvtwo reasons. Theft and the locals wanted fast food. How long will it take for government to figure that out? Better to educate the people about health choices and support better security.

    • Policestate

      September 28, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      Let’s see how much this will cost the taxpayers,eggs at kroger$2.00 a dozen. At government store$1.00 but purchased for $6.00 a dozen. We know how Government (works) well at least that’s what THEY call it. They are overpaid grifters and leeches on society.

  4. Keith Dreas

    September 28, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Socialism has never worked,and never will.

    • Dave Wollenberg

      September 28, 2023 at 10:45 am

      Amen, Keith!

  5. CandygramForMongo

    September 28, 2023 at 6:37 am

    And only politicians will be able to loot this government run disaster! Can you say COMMUNISM!!!!!

  6. kurt gandenberger

    September 28, 2023 at 6:59 am

    private enterprise cannot work in demoncrat-controlled areas where the stores are looted and burned out of existence. when the government-owned stores face similar threats how will the politicians react?

    • Kent

      September 28, 2023 at 11:36 am

      they will blame Trump

    • Gary Lee

      September 29, 2023 at 9:14 pm

      Looting, arson, and “shrinkage” (read rampant shop-lifting!) at the NEW socialist grocery stores? There will be a demand that the good taxpayers of Illinois foot the bill to keep them running – and after that, they’ll demand the US Government bail them out. What could be simpler?

  7. Ed D.

    September 28, 2023 at 8:49 am

    “The mayor’s commitment is to bring innovative, whole-of-government solutions to tackle existing inequities. “I am proud to work alongside partners to take this step in envisioning what a municipally owned grocery store in Chicago could look like,” stated Johnson.”

    This is the start of the Socialist takeover in the cities. DON’T FALL FOR IT! Get someone that is a normal, ordinary, Citizen, to run against this Commie Clown!
    By the way…… FJB!

    • Gary Lee

      September 29, 2023 at 9:18 pm

      Diversity, “equity”, and inclusion would demand that everyone should be able to go down to these municipally owned grocery stores and loot them with impunity too!

  8. Political Observer

    September 28, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Government-owned anything is a slide from Fascism to Socialism to Communism – all under the guise of availability to the needy. Don’t buy it. It is nothing more than a Trojaqan Horse.
    Remember when helping unwed mothers was the chant for the day – now, it’s a career, a way of life for millions.

  9. Scotch

    September 28, 2023 at 9:53 am

    One more step toward Communism. Voters remember this. Communism is government control over every aspect of your life and a total eradication of all human freedoms. Our forefathers left governments like this and fought to build a nation, United States of America, where people could live free without persecution, express their voices an opinions without retaliation, bear arms to protect themselves, practice their religion peacefully, and exercise their God-given rights. We must fight if we want to maintain our freedoms, our Constitution, our way of life, our country.

  10. Filmaker

    September 28, 2023 at 10:19 am

    The only real difference between this store and a commercial one will be the police stationed to protect it. If they gave the same kind of police security to the other stores ( or at least enforced the laws protecting them ) this would not be neccessary.

  11. SHRW

    September 28, 2023 at 10:35 am

    More government control over the food supply? what would be next?

  12. Tally Bill

    September 28, 2023 at 10:42 am

    To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, Government can’t solve problems but Government is the problem.

  13. OldConservativeGuy

    September 28, 2023 at 11:04 am

    Sounds like the retail strategy in vogue in the USSR in the 1980s — GUM Department Store, etc. Remember the lines? The poor quality of the merchandise? The fact that the governmental elite all shopped elsewhere?

  14. Tim Stoffel

    September 28, 2023 at 11:21 am

    And your purchases will be monitored (and controlled) to make sure you only buy what the government thinks you should be buying for food choices.

  15. Jerry C.

    September 28, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    So, how many cops are they gonna station in the store fulltime to keep them from getting robbed blind by shoplifters (the reason there are no grocery stores in the inner city in the first place)?

  16. john f price

    September 28, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    they will figure out why there are no stores when all the thief’s come shopping…they will immediately be running in the red , just like the rest of government run cluster =ucks programs.

  17. Lyudmila

    September 28, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    When something falls into the hands of the state, we can assume that it no longer exists. The state is not the owner the state has no name and surname and you can never make a claim against the state and what this very state has.

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