Shoppers in Hildale and Colorado City have new grocery store
Published: February 13, 2013 01:30PM
Updated: February 13, 2013 01:42PM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Homes in the polygamous town of Hildale, Utah. The homes are part of the United Effort Plan, a multi million dollar trust. Officials hope to appoint a board of interested community members to oversee the trust.

The area around the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., is still a desert. But now it looks like it’ll be a little less of a “food desert.”

A new grocery store is opening up in Arizona three miles outside of the Short Creek region. Ladd Egan of KUTV reported last week that the new store sits just off Arizona Highway 389 in the community of Centennial Park. The store also reportedly will be operated by a fundamentalist Mormon group that split from the FLDS in the 1980s, though anyone will be allowed to shop there.

The store’s manager, as well as authorities, believe the store will fill an empty niche in the community; the area’s only other grocery store — the FLDS-controlled CMC Food Town — closed abruptly in November.

Egan reports that the new store may end 30 mile drives to shop at what is currently the nearest grocery store. A “food desert” is a term experts use to describe a place where people have inadequate access to food.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com