Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly, are opening a free grocery store in Nashville! It’s a joint effort with Belmont University and will be a modern day food pantry. Brad says, “This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times. All of us are one unforeseen disaster away from rock bottom. It’s nice to think about a place where when that happens to someone, they can use it to get back on their feet.”
Where did Brad come up with the idea? Last year he and Kimberly took their 2 boys, Huck and Jasper to volunteer at the Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara. It’s a place that helps people get back on their feet and features a year round grocery store. Brad saw people in need who had dignity. He also wondered, “why don’t they have these everywhere?”
Brad took the idea to Belmont University, his alma mater. The tennessean.com says the result is a place like the Unity Shoppe that Brad named, The Store.
The Store will be located at 12th Avenue, South, next to Belmont’s Ministry Center. Besides groceries The Store will also have a toy aisle over the holidays, and job training classes, And because The Store is affiliated with Belmont, health care and legal aid clinics will be available.
Brad and Kimberly were able to convince the largest architectural firm in Nashville to design The Store for free. They plan to open in 2019. To see what The Store looks like, get more information and even donate head to www.thestore.org