Country singer Brad Paisley and actress wife Kimberly are opening a free grocery store to help people in need
Brad and Kimberly describe their new venture as a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times. The couple's store is inspired by the 'Unity Shoppe'
Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly are going to be opening a grocery store in Nashville where everything will be free. The couple is choosing to give back to the community via a free grocery store. Paisley and Kimberly will be partnering up with Brad's alma mater 'Belmont University' in order to get their grocery store called 'The Store' up and running. 'The Store' will be like a food bank set up in the form of a supermarket which will serve fresh and nonperishable groceries to people in need for an entire year. The project is due to start in the year 2019 provided that they are able to raise proper funds.
The president of The Store’s board of trustees Paisley, shared with the Tennessean, "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". Brad also shared that the couple was inspired to start the project after they visited a similar organization called the 'Unity Shoppe' in Santa Barbara along with their two children 11-year-old Huck and 9-year-old Jasper last Thanksgiving.
The pair chose to take their children to Unity Shoppe as a humility lesson as the boys were acting out. However, it turned into something a lot bigger when Paisley and Kimberly really liked what the organization was doing for the community.
"I remember … thinking, ‘Why isn’t this everywhere?’ Essentially, we got this idea that it could be a very effective thing in Nashville," Brad shared to which Kimberly added that the space is meant to be a "temporary Band-Aid on the road to self-sufficiency. So many people are making great choices in their lives. It’s not like they’ve made major mistakes, they just need a little extra help and we want to be a resource for those people".
The Store will be serving a lot more than just groceries and during the holidays the pair plan to have a toy aisle and are also going to be providing on-the-job around the year training. They made the initial investment to start the project and donated an estimated $500,000 before breaking ground. The couple has a $1.2 million target for the total overall construction. The Store is located at 2005 12th Ave. S. in Nashville.