Dawn Cobb: African food market to open next month in Denton

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Area shoppers seeking African food, decor and apparel will no longer have to travel to Lewisville or Dallas to find it.

Oct. 19 will be the grand opening date for the North Texas African Food Market at 508 S. Elm St., Suite 110.

Store owner Saibatu Kanu said the store will sell typical groceries, meat and packaged foods as well as African attire and art.

“We have African people around, they are so excited to have [a store] here,” Kanu said.

She is confident the appeal of the store will extend beyond just Africans to people of all races, ages and genders.

Kanu said some sample foods will be available for people to see what many of the foods look like when they are prepared.

Kanu is a 12-year resident of Denton and previously lived in Minnesota and Sierra Leone, West Africa. Kanu, who will manage the store herself, said she received some business education in her home country.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


DATCU Credit Union was recently awarded the Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility. The community service award was created to recognize those credit unions who executed an outstanding initiative that strengthened their local institution as well as one that made a positive difference for non-members living within the community.

DATCU was recognized for the development of its junior board of directors. The credit union’s objective was to provide top performing high school seniors with education about the credit union movement and to give the younger generation of leaders an opportunity to learn more about how they could personally serve their community in the future. They also sought to educate them on how a board of directors operates and afford them a chance to collaborate with peers to work through the challenges and rewards of executing a community project. The initiative was led by Melanie Vest, senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Pat Sherman, vice president of business development, according to a news release.

The annual competition is named for credit union pioneer Dora Maxwell, whose compassion for those in need and living in poverty inspired the award.

In other DATCU news, Dale Kimble, chief executive officer, is among the top finalists for CEO of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award with CR (Corporate Responsibility) Magazine. Winners are expected to be announced in the near future.


Famous Footwear announced this week it is opening a new store in Denton, marking its 35th location in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The 6,000-square-foot store will open Oct. 9 at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace, 2640 W. University Drive, according to a news release.

An all-day grand opening is slated from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 with a live disc jockey, hourly drawings, an appearance from KPLX-FM and more.


HCA North Texas announced plans to build a four-story, 142,000-square-foot hospital at the northeast corner of Interstate 35W and North Tarrant Parkway at Alliance. The $71 million acute-care hospital will offer emergency services, surgical services, imaging, endoscopy, women’s services, a medical/surgical unit and an intensive care, according to a news release.

HCA, based in Nashville, Tenn., currently operates 10 hospitals (including Denton Regional Medical Center), a children’s hospital, a psychiatric hospital, 12 ambulatory surgery centers, 13 imaging centers and two freestanding emergency rooms in North Texas.


Staff writer Bj Lewis contributed to this column.

DAWN COBB can be reached at dcobb@dentonrc.com or at 940-566-6879.

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