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July 10, 2024 | Tom Ballard

A public-private partnership in Anaheim is boosting food business start-ups

Like the local Real Good Kitchen, Store One is focused on business incubation, workforce training, upskilling, and related community services.

This new development all the way across the country reminds us of a treasure we have here in Knoxville named Real Good Kitchen.

A public-private partnership spearheaded by the City of Anaheim and supported by the Anaheim Community Foundation was envisioned to boost food business start-ups and build up the culinary workforce in Orange County. This area is home to some of the country’s biggest hospitality venues and innovative food entrepreneurs.

When built, the hub, named Store One, will serve hundreds of adults and youth through culinary business incubation, workforce training, upskilling, and related community services. As many as 120 culinary trainees will graduate, and 20 food-related start-ups will be supported annually.

Upon completion, Store One’s 12,000-square-foot building will include:

  • A teaching kitchen for training a range of positions from chefs to line cooks to restaurant managers, among others;
  • A batch production kitchen for budding food entrepreneurs to test recipes and produce goods in quantity;
  • A showcase kitchen and flex space for cooking demonstrations and other events; and
  • A community garden and gathering space.

On a rotating basis, food entrepreneurs can sell their culinary creations directly to consumers from two pop-up storefronts.

The Store One hub for culinary entrepreneurship and workforce training to be built in Anaheim has reached a critical funding milestone, securing $7.75 million in public funding for construction and another $3 million from private donations to support equipment and operational expenses.

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