On Wednesday, March 6 the new Hoopa Shopping Center opened to great fanfare, marking the end of a long three years without dedicated food access within the Hoopa Valley. The new grocery store is tribally owned and operated and its opening marks the creation of 40 new jobs. Humboldt Area Foundation partnered with several other local lenders including the Headwaters Fund, the Arcata Economic Development Corporation, the Northern Community Loan Fund and Rural Community Assistance Corporation to lend $4.2 million in planning and building costs.
“Access to quality food is an essential step for community well-being,” said HAF Executive Director Patrick Cleary. “The Hoopa community went nearly three years without a grocery store, so it is very gratifying to see this project happen as a result of the determined efforts of the Hoopa Tribe. Humboldt Area Foundation is proud to play a role in assisting with re-establishing this great community resource.”
ARTICLE: “Hoopa’s Long Wait for Grocery Store Is Finally Over,” North Coast Journal, March 6, 2019 Read >