Update: Turning Super 24 into a Delridge Fresh Food Spot

December 13, 2009 at 3:03 am | In Delridge, Health, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

That’s most of the group that turned out Saturday afternoon to continue helping Super 24 (Delridge/Findlay) transform into a Delridge Fresh Food Spot. (3rd from left is the store’s owner, Bhim Singh.) That included placing placards with that phrase alongside various healthy items on sale around the store:

Outside, during the morning-afternoon event, volunteers offered samples of healthier food:

This doesn’t mean everything is produce and granola inside the Super 24 – right next to the fruit basket shown above, fried chicken waited under warming lights. But adding the healthier foods as options is another major step in the store’s evolution, the first of many if the King County Food and Fitness Initiative organizers’ hopes (including reps of Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, come through. They also worked today to remove old alcohol and cigarette advertising from the storefront, steps away from where volunteers painted the eye-catching mural in late summer. And they’ll be back, they said, to keep helping the Super 24 evolve.

18 Comments

  1. THANK YOU to Mr. Singh for allowing this “makeover” of his store. It’s the only real outside-the-school food option for the high school, and it’s wonderful that it’s not just filled with junk food.

    That said, a sub shop or taco truck would make a killing right in that area.

    Comment by sacatosh — 8:04 am December 13, 2009 #

  2. I will be interested to hear if Mr. Singh can actually sell fresh options to a convenience store crowd. And high school kids too. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely appreciate the effort, but sales will be the verification the experiment worked.

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 8:29 am December 13, 2009 #

  3. this is such good news for this area! As a person who is always on the go for work, now I know a spot to stop for a quick snack that is not a bag of chips or candybar! It will be successful!

    Comment by coffee — 9:10 am December 13, 2009 #

  4. What’s up with the woman in the center flashing a gang sign? I’m a little upset at the editor promoting such a photo. Maybe it’s the customers that need an overhaul, I own a home nearby and I still see the same cig, beer and shady customers hanging around a lot.

    Comment by rob — 9:50 am December 13, 2009 #

  5. I took that as the classic peace/victory sign, not a gang sign; that’s one of the event organizers, Phillippia Goldsmith from DNDA, whose preview of/invitation to the event we published here yesterday … TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:01 am December 13, 2009 #

  6. rob, how embarrasing for you

    Comment by sabrinaks — 11:57 am December 13, 2009 #

  7. @rob, are you kidding me??? Maybe you should trying being a little less ignorant. It’s attitudes like yours which keeps us all down.

    PEACE dude!

    Comment by nj — 5:02 pm December 13, 2009 #

  8. Thank you Mr. Singh! I have lived in the area for almost five years, and it is great to see this option close to my home. I have stopped at the Super 24 many times, and Mr. Singh is a very friendly person, I know that this will be successful. I will certainly continue shopping here.

    See you soon!

    Comment by sdh — 5:16 pm December 13, 2009 #

  9. Seriously Rob?? I am embarrassed for you right now…

    Comment by MB — 8:37 pm December 13, 2009 #

  10. It’s eazy to sit back and say negative things but there are people that go out of there way to try and make a change and I must say I am sorry how emmbarrassing it must be for people to make Statments when If you cared so much to comment Maybe you would like to join us when we go back to the Super 24 to make more progress (Rob)

    Comment by DMS — 11:24 pm December 13, 2009 #

  11. Both Phillippia and Maria were kind enough to send advance word of this and we will be waiting for the next announcement, to let more people know how they can help – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:26 pm December 13, 2009 #

  12. It just seems a little strange and living in the neighborhood for many years, I believe I can have preconceived ideas about gang signs, Even so, the people did a good job and this conversation isn’t about me so keep on topic.

    Comment by rob — 7:52 am December 14, 2009 #

  13. In Rob’s defense, a peace sign is held straight up, with the palm & fingers facing OUT. That’s not at all what she is doing here, as much as she may have meant it to be.

    Being an LA/LBC girl, when I see a sideways & backwards “peace sign” like the one displayed in this photo, I could easily interpret it as a gang flash. Doesn’t mean it IS one, just that I can definitely understand why someone might think it is.

    Another side note, holding two fingers up with palm facing backwards is also the classic “middle finger” equivelent in the UK.

    Just goes to show that making ANY kind of sign with your hands in a photo kinda sets you up for being misread – and possibly misunderstood.

    Comment by Cheryl — 9:11 am December 14, 2009 #

  14. Rob & Cheryl, coming from another LA girl that’s the first thing I thought of too.

    Comment by biankat — 10:26 am December 14, 2009 #

  15. I do want to add that in the future, barring overriding issues such as safety, if we take a group shot, we will do our best to just ask everybody to hold still until we get all names and other identifying information.
    .
    In this case, they were all very busy making this amazing work happen, and we didn’t want to ask everyone to hold in place and interrupt their work further while we gathered 13 names – getting everyone arranged for the photo already had taken them away from their task for long enough – but it meant that we didn’t provide all the information we should/could have … so we will continue to work hard to do a better job – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:31 am December 14, 2009 #

  16. Ok, so in my defense as I am that woman in the middle holding up the PEACE sign. We were definitely in the midst of working to clean up the store when asked to take a photo. In fact, there were multiple pictures taken with a lot of our volunteers holding up PEACE signs. It just so happens that the one with me was chosen to be posted.

    What is sad to me is that people distract from the real issue at hand “providing healthy food options that are accessible to all”.

    We had a blast with some of those so-called “shady” people who also helped remove some of the cig and beer ads.

    More work parties such as this are coming soon and we encourage any and all Delridge neighborhoods to give a hand!

    Comment by Phillippia — 12:08 pm December 14, 2009 #

  17. You go Phillippia!! Rob, if you can’t see the positive to living in my neighborhood, you can leave! I walk outside and hear Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish within my block. Mr Singh, the high school students I know who visit you (my daughter included) love you. Thank you for being a positive force in their life even if I don’t think they’ll ever pick the healthly selections over the fried chicken! :-) I will! And I know, as with most teens, they can be very annoying!

    Comment by nj — 12:49 pm December 14, 2009 #

  18. rob…peace brother.

    Comment by WTF — 10:38 pm December 14, 2009 #

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