LUDLOW, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined local and state leaders Wednesday morning for the grand opening of a grocery store in Ludlow.
Riverside Marketplace is located at 120 Elm Street.
A $500,000 state Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) was used to help purchase needed equipment for the new store.
"This project is about more than opening a new grocery for the Ludlow community," said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. "It is about creating a quality downtown environment that enhances the community's character, generates more jobs and attracts new business to the area."
The city of Ludlow did not have its own grocery store, which forced residents to travel to the surrounding towns of Fort Mitchell, Covington or Fort Thomas to do their grocery shopping.
The Riverside Market will not only provide the Ludlow community with local access to grocery products, but it also will create up to 30 new jobs in the area. The new supermarket also will provide a fuel center for area citizens.
The state's CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kentucky's congressional leaders' continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.