Hank’s Mini-Market will be open tomorrow, creating an oasis in a food desert. The family-owned liquor store transformed into a healthy market, will be offering food from the Culver City based Sweetgreen. Hank’s originally opened in 1997, and the new owner is Kelli Jackson, the daughter of the original market owner, Henry Jackson.
According to LA Eater, Sweetgreen plans to provide samples of their healthy bowls and salads at the opening this Saturday April 7, 2018. And if enough interest prevails, Hank’s will sell the chain’s prepared foods permanently. The younger Jackson inherited the business from her father and spearheaded the project with a number of players, including the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, local residents, the California Fresh Works Fund, along with funding and support from Sweetgreen.
Hank’s Mini-Market is in Hyde Park, the historic area surrounding Crenshaw Boulevard, between Slauson and Florence. Renovations started two years ago and Jackson’s goal was to provide access to fresh produce and options in a neighborhood many consider a food desert.
Sweetgreen moved their headquarters from DC to Culver City in 2016 and has opened nine locations throughout the Southland since 2015. Part of Sweetgreen’s model is to partner with local businesses for food awareness.